six of swords tarot card perhaps representing the ferryman guiding souls of the dead across the river

From time to time I run workshops and talks on issues such as the history of the Scottish funeral, how funeral traditions are evolving, comparisons with other countries’ rituals and ceremonies.

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Upcoming Schedule

29 July 2024 at 18:30 (Zoom)
Assisted Dying – Online workshop and discussion for celebrants and doulas in Scotland
There is currently a Bill before Parliament that would legalize a form of assisted dying in Scotland. What implications and impacts might this have on the work of celebrants and end-of-life doulas?

Dr Naomi Richards, Director of the End of Life Studies Group at Glasgow University, and Sarah Farr, a doula from Toronto will join me in leading a Q&A discussion. Naomi has studied this topic in detail and can give background on assisted dying in countries around the world – and how the Scottish legislation would work. Sarah now frequently works with people who have requested MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada) and their families. Sarah and Naomi will give short presentations followed by an open discussion – this will NOT be a debate on assisted dying but rather an opportunity to discuss what implications legislation would have for our work. We will also be joined by Kelly Oberle who has conducted research into the families of people who have requested MAiD in Canada.

The session is open to celebrants and end-of-life doulas working in Scotland but numbers are restricted. Please complete the form below to request most information.