HAT FORUM: Sat. Oct 30, 11am-1pm, OISE. Topic: Death in a Humanist Perspective

HAT FORUM, SATURDAY OCTOBER 30 ROOM 7-192
LOCATION: OISE, 252 Bloor Street West
TOPIC: DEATH IN HUMANIST DISCOURSE
FACILITATOR: Jody Perrin

This is a weekend in which various religions focus on relationships between humans living and humans deceased. Hallowe'en(Pagan/Christian), All Saints Day and the "Day of the Dead" (Meso-American/Christian) all point us to thinking about "the quick and the dead", to use liturgical language.

What might death signify for each of us?
How might our thoughts about death shape how we live now?
Do we feel a need to show respect those those who die?
If so, how might we do this? e.g., Memories, Care of physical remains
What functions do customs and traditions around dying perform for those remaining alive?

(Please note, the Ontario Humanist Society is organizing a conference for Humanist Officiants and the General Public in the Spring of 2011 on the topic of Humanism at Journey’s End: Compassionate Care, End of Life Decision Making, Grief, Mourning and Rites of Passage (Funerals, Memorials, Celebration of Life)
We'll keep you posted on the details on this list).