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Holistic Death Network

November 21st, 2017

The Calgary Holistic Death Network’s November Guest Presentation

A New Funeral Model from The Netherlands, with Jennifer Tomlin

Join Jennifer to hear about the progressive and holistic practices of meeting death in The Netherlands. Funeral guides, who help families vigil and care for the bodies of their dead at home, are common, and the practices around death and bodies are normalized and non-institutional.

Jennifer will share photos and the story of her mother-in-law’s death, and how the family was supported to care for her body. The experience was grace-filled and healing, especially for Jen’s young children in their first experience with death.

Inspired by the experience of family-led body care, Jennifer has returned to the Netherlands three times to apprentice with funeral guides there. She will discuss the practices and models they use, including how they work collaboratively with crematories and funeral homes.

About Jennifer Tomlin

Jennifer is a death doula and has trained with a funeral guide in Nijmegen in The Netherlands. She now has experience working with Dutch families from the time a death occurs, caring for the body, and handling the majority of funeral arrangements. Jennifer was deeply moved by her experiences and training, and is working towards offering families a similar experience in Calgary.

Event Information

November 21st, 2017
Doors open at 6:45, program starts at 7:00

The Alexandra Dance Hall
922 – 9 Ave SE Calgary

Book online, and pay at the door
$20 per meeting, or 4 meetings for $60
No charge for current Community Healers’ Council members

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About the Calgary Holistic Death Network

The Calgary Holistic Death Network is a monthly gathering for people interested in learning more about death and dying in any capacity. It’s a chance to explore this exciting new field and to network with others who share your interest and passions.

The meetings are fun and inspiring, with dynamic guest speakers, fascinating people to meet, and ideas to share.

Learn more about the Calgary Holistic Death Network

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November 21st, 2017
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Calgary, AB