Death and Dying: Important Conversations

You are invited to participate in a series of presentations and conversations on end-of-life matters that will be offered at the St. Ignatius Adult Education Centre during the month of March.  The series will take participants from end of life planning all the way to burial and entombment. Come for one, two or all three sessions!

Michael RadcliffeMarch 8th at 7:00 p.m.
Catholic Teaching Regarding the End of Life 
– Michael Radcliffe

Michael Radcliffe will facilitate a discussion about advanced directives, living wills, euthanasia, the status of medical assistance in dying in Catholic hospitals in Manitoba, and legal topics surrounding death.


Liz PolakoffMarch 15th at 7:00 p.m.
Stages of Death and Dying – 
Liz Polakoff
The Mission and Ministry of the Catholic Cemetery – Monique Gauthier

Liz Polakoff will discuss the Stages of Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kübler-Ross.

Monique Gauthier, from Living Waters Columbarium, will facilitate a segment on the Catholic cemetery as a vehicle of evangelization in its mission and ministry.

Monique GauthierMarch 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Claiming the Dignity of Cremated Remains
 – Monique Gauthier

At a time when the secular world offers ‘twenty-seven things to do with cremated remains’, we can be overwhelmed by the options made available to us when a loved one dies. These influences have led many people, including the Catholic faithful, to disperse or scatter remains, or keep them at home indefinitely. The teachings of the Catholic Church, re-iterated in an important instruction released by Pope Francis in 2016, instruct us on the treatment of cremated remains. When cremation is chosen, the entire ritual moment of the Order of Christian Funerals should be celebrated. Monique Gauthier, from Living Waters Columbarium, will delve into the rituals supporting death, and the consolation of faith made present through the complete celebration of this ritual movement when cremation is chosen.

All sessions will be held at the St. Ignatius Adult Education Centre, 255 Stafford Street. Entrance to the Adult Education Centre is on Jessie Street.

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