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Tuesday, April 17th 2018

Reclaiming Death: An Introduction to the Field of Thanatology

Facilitator: Andrea Warnick, RN, MA
presented by SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute

This Training is Suitable for: Those working or volunteering in a related field such as hospice, social services, education, health care, funeral services, as well as those with a general interest in the field of Thanatology.

Description: Thanatology, the study of dying and death, is an emerging discipline that is quickly gaining momentum and recognition. This is an introductory level workshop set up to explore these movements alongside other contemporary issues involving grief, dying and death. Participants will learn how these movements effect and determine their responses and the responses of others. Evidenced-based perspectives on dying, grief and bereavement will be covered. Emphasis will be given on translating theory into practice in the personal and/or professional lives of participants. The interdisciplinary nature of thanatology will be explored, as well options for further study. Thanatology, the study of dying and death, is an emerging discipline that is quickly gaining momentum and recognition. It is an exciting time in the field with movements such as Death Cafes, The conversation Project, Death Doulas, and Medical Assistance in Dying bringing the subject of dying and death back into the public discourse.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore these movements alongside other contemporary issues involving grief, dying and death, such as natural burials and home funerals. Evidenced-based perspectives on dying, grief and bereavement will be introduced, with an emphasis on translating theory into practice in the personal and/or professional lives of participants. The interdisciplinary nature of thanatology will be explored, as well options for further study.

This in an introductory level workshop and the content is relevant to those with a general interest as well as those working or volunteering in a related field such as hospice, social services, education, health care, and funeral services.

In this workshop participants will:

• Explore contemporary movements and issues relevant to the field of thanatology
• Reflect on personal views and experiences with dying and death
• Identify current theories on grief and bereavement
• Practice approaches for supporting others, whether personally or professionally, who are experiencing the dying or death of someone in their life
• Learn about useful literary and web resources on topics related to thanatology, as well as options for further study

For more information (fees, directions etc) click here

About the Facilitator:

Andrea Warnick is an educator, grief counsellor, nurse, and thanatologist with 20 years of experience in providing grief support and education. Her passions lie both in working directly with families experiencing the dying or death of someone close to them, and in teaching others how to optimize their care of the dying and bereaved, particularly when children are involved. Recognizing the provision of support for grieving children and youth as a social justice issue, Andrea brings the topics of dying, death, and grief into the necessary realm of discussion, education, and advocacy. Andrea runs her own education and counselling practice in Toronto, Andrea Warnick Consulting.


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