* Schedule may be subject to change.

Day One: Friday – October 12, 2018 

5:00 – Registration & Appetizer Reception

6-7:00 – Casey Middaugh’s “For Whom the Bell Toils” (participatory art activity)

For Whom The Bell Toils is an interactive art installation designed to make space for acknowledging and honoring the grief and work around the end of life.

This piece is made of a wide variety of bells, all labeled with some sort of labor required at the end of life and after death. Viewers are invited to ring the bells that resonate with their own experiences, creating a melody of their labor and grief. Additional bells and labels are available for viewers to add new experiences that had not been previously included allowing for a dynamic, collaborative growth within the piece.

7:00 – 7:30 – Holden Evening Prayer

Day Two: Saturday – October 13, 2018 

9-9:50 – Continental Breakfast, Morning Prayers, and Welcome

10:00-10:50 – Session One with Diaconal Minister Sarah Rudd, “Mortal Blessings”

A presentation inspired by the book Mortal Blessings by renowned Catholic essayist, poet, and professor Angela O’Donnell. This talk will explore, in part, how the mundane tasks of caregiving can sometimes became rituals or ordinary sacraments that revealed traces of the divine. 

11:00-11:50 – Session Two with the Reverend Heather Liddell, “Funerals: Talking About and Preparing for Death”

The Reverend Heather Liddell will discuss funeral planning from a clergyperson’s perspective, and why preparing for death can actually improve our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

12:00-12:50 – Sandwich Lunch

1:00-1:50 – Session Three with Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, “A Brief History of Death and Grief”

Death and grief are inevitable, but our responses as individuals and communities change over time. Join Danika Jorgensen-Skakum (MA) for a brief overview of death, dying, grief and death care — with an emphasis on the role of the church — from the Middle Ages to now.  Participants will learn a bit about how and why we die and grieve the way we do, and where we might want to go next. 

2:00 – 4:00 – “Death Cafe” with Rev. Barbara Groote

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

Day Three: Sunday – October 14, 2018 

9:15 & 11:00 – Participants are invited to join us for Sunday Worship at either time.

12:15-1:00 – Sandwich Lunch

1:15-2:30 – Casey Middaugh’s “For Whom the Bell Toils” (participatory art activity) open to the congregation