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Celebration Hall, Mountain View Cemetery

5455 Fraser St

Vancouver, BC V5W 2Z3

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Informative and inspiring death education starts with personal reflection, including how you make sense of your finite life and your inevitable death.

In a safe, creative and fun workshop you’ll identify your core values and explore your relationship with the reality of your mortality. You’ll dive into five core factors that influence your decision making for how you’ll be cared for after you die, including ecological + social impact. You will begin to craft your personal set of Departure Directions, WILLOW’S term for the written instructions or guidelines—determined by your values, beliefs and priorities.

Participants will engage dynamic self-discovery exercises that include personal reflection, journal writing, pair sharing and group discussion. Poetry, song and video / film are also used to enhance the learning experience.


Facilitated by Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante of Willow End-of-Life Planning and Education, these gatherings are a safe, open-hearted place to explore, in community, the reality of our shared mortality. Each event centers around a different topic as a pathway for self-reflection, conversation and connection.

Thanks to the generous support of the City of Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery, this events is free to the public. All are welcome to join us. Find out more on the Willow website.

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THE CONTEXT

Death is the one thing in life we’re most certain of, yet most people would do anything to avoid talking or even thinking about it. For most of us, it takes death itself—whether recent or impending—to prompt us to bravely consider the reality of our mortality.

People in their dying days often speak of experiencing enormous growth and transformation. Dying can be a time of truth seeking and risk taking. Many have observed that in the face of death, people tend to focus on what gives (or has given) their life meaning.

Perhaps you’ve experienced something similar around a health crisis or the death of someone you knew. The truth is, you don’t need to wait until someone dies or you’re faced with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness to experience these benefits.

Your mortality is an opportunity in disguise.

Whether you have days or decades to live, we believe that thinking about and preparing for your some-day, one-day, inevitable death will inspire you to live your best life now.

We'd love to journey with you.

With love and light,
Michelle Pante and Reena Lazar
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