On Dying

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

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

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 two or three guests speakers (details TBA), 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, an 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    Introducing Guest panelists
  • Fifteen-minute presentations each by guest, followed by one-on-one interviews with Lawrence and a panel discussion.
12:00 – 1:30    Lunch break.
  • Chance for audience members 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.


$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.

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