Speakers

Casey Middaugh is the artist-in-residence for Uncovering Grief. She is a game and experience designer from Seattle, WA. Her recent work includes “Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief” and “For Whom The Bell Toils,” an interactive art installation designed to make space for acknowledging and honouring grief and work around the end of life. Check out her website at http://www.caseworkproductions.com for more information!

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The Reverend Heather Liddell is an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. She was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta and grew up in Edmonton. She studied Political Science and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta before moving to Toronto, Ontario to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. During her studies, she was blessed to spend half a year at Trinity College, Singapore. Even before entering ordained life in 2014 she worked in various capacities for the Church but, her real passions are for preaching, pastorally sitting with people, and administering the sacraments… that and her cat’s Instagram feed: @nakedfitz.

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Reverend Barbara Groote is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). She currently serves at Ascension Lutheran Church in Edmonton, and is passionate about God’s grace for all creation — embodied in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastor Barbara leads bi-annual “Death Cafés” open to the larger community.

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Diaconal Minister Sarah Rudd is the Manager for Mission Effectiveness with the Good Samaritan Society. Previously she was a chaplain with the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, and a Diaconal Minister at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Danika Jorgensen-Skakum finished her MA in Gender and Social Justice at the University of Alberta in the spring of 2018. Her thesis topic focused on the Death Positivity Movement in the context of climate change. She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the University of Alberta, and lives in Edmonton with her wife, Rev. Lindsey Jorgensen-Skakum.

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