Denise Daffara began painting and drawing in 1999 as a celebration of fun and freedom. However in the lead up to preparing her Pecha Kucha presentation she was called home to New Zealand and had to prepare for her mother’s death. In her presentation she shares some of that journey and some of the beautiful drawings that eventuated.
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From Grim to Grins
BY ERIC ADJETEY ANANG
@ VOL 13
ON SEP 05, 2013
Eric Adjetey Anang, a carpenter and artist, exhibits his coffin work all over the world. Yes, you read that correctly -- coffins -- but his are made as artistic references either to who the person as they lived or to his/her spirit animal. Humour, colorfulness, playfulness and political statements are often the subject matter here. Eric questions the necessity of leaving life only in sorrow, and encourages the celebration of a full life.
BY HAYLEY WEST
@ VOL 9
ON FEB 28, 2014
Hayley West introduces the discussion group Death Cafe: where people can talk about death in a relaxed and confidential environment and eat cake too! There is rarely discussion about post-death plans, and Hayley encourages people to think about all post-life possibilities, which she has learned from Death Cafe talks.
"Presentation of the Day" on June 23, 2014.
Walking Through the Fire
BY DONNA SCHUURMAN
@ VOL 19
ON APR 20, 2016
Donna Shuurman has a finely honed awareness of the finality of life, after more than three decades of work with bereaved children, teens, and adults. Life and death lessons proepl her to make the most of the short time we have on earth, riding her Harley, kayaking, and hanging out with inquisitive three-year-olds.
The Stranger: Love, Death, and the Mystery of the Leonard Cohen Tape
BY AMY ARSENIO
@ VOL 12
ON SEP 30, 2016
Amy Arsenio has a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Information Studies. She has worked as a bookstore clerk, librarian (in five library systems!), and private investigator and is the mother of two little boys and lives in Toronto. She shares a story of how the suicide of an ex-boyfriend caused her to realize that she had misunderstood him and knew nothing of his life and his struggles.
Life, Death, and Beauty in Photography
BY CLAUDIA AMMIRATA
@ VOL 34
ON APR 20, 2017
Claudia Ammirata opens up about how she found a new life through photography after the loss of her husband. Photography became a form of art therapy that lead to publishing her own book, "Ephemeral Beauty," that uses flowers as the vehicle to interpret the metaphor of life.
Remembering Forward: talking to children about death
Heather H has a keen (and strange) interest in how to best support children come to learn and process news of a sudden death. In her presentation, she talks about how amazed she is by how wise children are and humbled by their capacity to teach adults, particularly if we create space and safety for them to do so.
Death Cafe Mortal Monday
BY SEAN O'CONNOR
@ VOL 46
ON NOV 07, 2017
Sean O'Connor will talk about his experience hosting a non-profit event called Death Cafe. At a Death Cafe, people come together to discuss mortality as a means to making the most of the unknown time they have left, & eat delicious cake. Talking about death, I've found, is good for life.