On Dying

This workshop is part of the fall celebration series: The Path Ahead


Saturday, October 28 (10:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Register here for the On Dying workshop.

deathJoin us for a day of conversation about the multi-layered and oft-times mysterious process of dying, as we contemplate the many ways that our physical bodies might leave the Earth.

We will be guided throughout the day by four guest speakers covering many professions, whose work it is to advise and shepherd end of life experiences for patients and their families. The discussion will be moderated by Lawrence Scanlan,  author and a member of Wintergreen’s Board of Directors. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in conversation around this topic that affects us all, the details of which are often left unexplored and unspoken.

10:00    WELCOME
  • Refreshments and casual conversation.
10:30  – 12:00   GUEST PANELISTS
  • Fifteen-minute presentations each by guest speakers, followed by one-on-one interviews with Lawrence and a panel discussion.
12:00 – 1:30    LUNCH BREAK
  • Chance for guests to mingle and walk the grounds.
1:30 – 2:30   STORYTELLING
  • Legal, medical, spiritual aspects surrounding death and dying. When each of us has witnessed the deaths of loved ones, what has the experience been like? When has it gone right? Or wrong? What does a “dignified death” actually look like? How can we put legal directives in place to ensure that we have a say in our own passing?

2:30   BREAK

3:00 – 4:30  Q&A
  • Questions from the audience might range over a wide array of topics such as pain control, assisted suicide, palliative care, the pros and cons of dying at home, and living wills.


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A writer and a veteran journalist, Lawrence Scanlan’s most recent book, A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy, is about community service in all its forms. Lawrence has been a journalist for more than four decades, working with daily newspapers, magazines, and in radio with two national CBC programs (producer on Morningside and Writers & Company). He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including three National Magazine Awards. Lawrence is the author or co-author of two dozen books, on subjects ranging from horses to hockey to home.



After graduating from McGill University’s medical school in 2011, Dr. Mino Mitri trained in the specialty of Internal Medicine at Queen’s University. Fueled by a passion for education and palliative care, he pursued a Masters of Education while at Queen’s University. His thesis, Perceptions of Physicians on the Adoption of a Palliative Care Approach in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, birthed his advocacy for an earlier integration of a palliative care approach in the care of patients with any life-limiting illness. Throughout his medical residency training, Mino has gained a diversified exposure of the practice of palliative medicine in several centres across the country. He currently lives in Vancouver, BC where he is pursuing formalized training in the sub-specialty of palliative medicine with the goal of advancing the field of palliative care in non-cancerous conditions.


A self-employed lawyer for thirty years, five before the Substitute Decisions Act was  enacted in 1992, Mary Ann Higgs (B.Mus., M.L.S., LL.B.) has tried to help many people confirm their Estate Planning instructions for when they can no longer weigh in.  She feels strongly that we should be seeing more collaboration between the legal and medical professions so that our legitimate concerns about our bodily integrity, our negotiables and non-negotiables about future care options will be respected both while we are competent and through Advance Directives when we are no longer competent.  Mary Ann lives contentedly in a refurbished 1840’s limestone cottage in the vibrant Skeleton Park neighbourhood in Kingston and knows she still has lots to learn from others. 


Since her Call to the Bar in 2007, Angela Fallow (B.Sc., LL.B.)  has developed her legal practice with a focus on estate planning and administration.  Throughout her career, she has nurtured a growing interest in the legal aspects of incapacity planning and end-of-life decision making.  The thesis for her master’s degree at Queen’s University works through some thorny end-of-life issues including; practical problems with substitute decision making, the legal uncertainty around withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment, and calls for Consent and Capacity Board reform. A frequent speaker, Angela has given talks on Medical Assistance in Death, Powers of Attorney, and a number of other legal issues involved in estate planning and administration.  Angela lives in Kingston with her husband, two children, two cats and a rat.


$85 + HST – Includes all sessions, snacks, and lunch, as well as access to over 200 acres of hiking trails.

Participants who would like to stay overnight at Wintergreen either the night before and/or the night after the workshop pay an additional fee for accommodations. Meals are included. Read details about our facilities, and register for the workshop and accommodation using the link below. 

Register here for the On Dying workshop.