Programme

'Talking freely about death enables us to talk about our lives, what matters within it, and what we may want to do or change for the future. '

 

—FEEDBACK FROM 2019 CONFERENCE

Suicide Prevention, Everyone Has A Role
with Michael Hempseed
Death; Love, Grief and Hope After the Death of a Child, with Mark Longley

• workshops are 45 minutes duration

Advanced Care Planning -
Why & How
 
An empowering process with an experienced Management Coach Sue Dwan guiding you through your own advanced care plan.
Facilitator:
Sue Dwan
Location:
Activity Room,
1st Floor
Max: 20
Q&A on Suicide Prevention with Michael Hempseed
A chance to ask Michael questions after his presentation on Suicide Prevention - Everyone Has A Role and explore his research further.
Location:
Spark Place (downstairs on ground floor)
Max: 50
Q&A on Science and Spirituality with Dr. Lotte Valentin
Following  Dr. Lotte's presentation via Zoom, this is a rare opportunity to ask questions and dive deeper into her specialty subjects
 
Facilitator:
Kirsty Salisbury
Location:
TSB Space
(please stay in the main function room)
Max: Unlimited
Death Cafe
 
Hosted and group-led conversations on death related subjects in an informal setting
Facilitators:
Melanie Mayell
Location:
Activity Room,
1st Floor
Max: 14
Coffin Club*
 
Visit the Christchurch Coffin Club and find out if DIY coffins are something for you
Facilitators:
Donna Sutherland
& Jill Newton
Location:
Activity Room
1st Floor

*Note - Coffin Club is not a workshop. This year it is a hosted display that you you can visit over the day. There is no workshop to book in for.

A Deeper look at Euthanasia
with Dr. Rachel Wiseman

03:30

Workshops - Please Choose One

• workshops are 45 minutes duration

Euthanasia Q&A
with Dr. Rachel Wiseman
A chance to ask Dr. Wiseman questions after her presentation and explore this complex subject further.
Location:
Spark Place downstairs on ground floor
Max: 50
Near Death Experiences Q&A with Kirsty Salisbury
Kirsty will share further NDE case studies, experiences from her own life, and her research. Kirsty always welcomes audience interaction.
Location:
TSB Space
(please stay in the main function room)
Max: Unlimited
Advanced Care Planning -
Why & How
An empowering process with an experienced Management Coach Sue Dwan guiding you through your own advanced care plan.
 
Facilitator:
Sue Dwan
Location:
Activity Room
Max: 20
Death Cafe
 
Hosted group-led conversations on death related subjects
Facilitators:
Melanie Mayell
Location:
Activity Room
1st Floor
Max: 14
Coffin Club 
 
Visit the Christchurch Coffin Club and find out if DIY coffins are something for you
Facilitators:
Donna Sutherland
& Jill Newton
Location:
Activity Room
1st Floor
Drop by anytime throughout the day

04:30

Final Presentation
The Future of Death and Immortality
with Professor Amy Fletcher

05:00

Closing Address - 15 minutes

05:15

Program Ends
There is no end. There is no beginning.
There is only the infinite passion of life 
—FEDERICO FELLINI

8:00 

Turanga's ground floor cafe 'Foundation' is open for pre conference coffees and meetings 

9:15 

Registration opens on the 1st Floor,

TSB Conference Room  

10:00

Welcome & Morning Plenary Session
Intuition & Spirituality in Modern Healthcare
with Dr. Ann Charlotte Valentin, N.M.D.

11:40

Coffee Break - 15 minutes

Midday

Workshops - Please Choose One

12:45

Lunch - 75 minutes

02:00

Welcome Back & Afternoon Plenary Session
Near Death Experiences
with Kirsty Salisbury
The Importance of Planning Ahead
with Sue Dwan

03:15

Coffee Break - 15 minutes

04:15

10 minute break
please regroup in main theatre for final presentation

04:25

Plenary Session
Welcome Back

DEATH MATTERS 2020

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Very thought-provoking, inspiring, connecting. Overall loved it —2019 CONFERENCE FEEDBACK

What

2nd Annual DEATH MATTERS Conference

—A Day of Exploration & Discovery

Seven speakers and  eight workshops presenting a variety of vital and fascinating  death related topics

When

Friday

November 20th, 2020

9:45am - 5:15pm

Where

Tūranga

Central Library

1st Floor - TSB Place

60 Cathedral Square

Christchurch

New Zealand

Who is it for

Although there were health professionals, counsellors, funeral directors and celebrants at last year's conference, the event is very much designed to engage the general community. The goal is to create connection, stimulate conversation, provoke new thinking and loosen up about the subject of death.

The presentations and workshops are chosen for their interest and relevance for all of us.

Tickets

Tickets will be available for sale from August 20, 2020

• Regular Price  $155

• There are a small number of seats set aside in case of hardship. Please email 

• Covid-19: If you cannot attend the conference due to Covid-19 (or if the conference has to be cancelled) 

   your ticket price will be refunded in full

Contact Us

To learn more, don’t hesitate to get in touch

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