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Supporting Each Other in Dying

Have you supported someone in their final moments? Are you curious about the Christian understanding of death? How is the medical community responding to the new legislation for medical assistance in dying? Are you wondering about how to prepare your funeral or appoint a power of attorney? This three part series will explore end of life issues from the perspective of theology, medical practice and ethics, and legal and liturgical preparations, including the new legislation around medical assistance in dying.

All are welcome to attend this informative and important conversation.

Each lecture begins at 7:00pm in the St. James Cathedral Centre (65 Church St.)

Tuesday, October 8: Spirituality and Theology of Death
with The Rev’d Canon Douglas Graydon and The Rev’d Canon Joanne Davies

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The Rev’d Canon Douglas Graydon is the Toronto Anglican Diocese’s Coordinator of Chaplaincy Services. He has spearheaded the diocese’s work and advocacy in the area of HIV/AIDS.

The Rev’d Canon Joanne Davies has been the Diocesan Chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital primarily with the palliative care team and also at St John’s Rehab.  She is now St. John’s full time Spiritual Care Coordinator. She has also helped create a Toronto School of Theology course on Formation in Pastoral Care Ministry.  


Tuesday, October 15: Medical Assistance in Dying – Perspectives from an Ethicist and a Physician
with The Rev’d Dr. Eric Beresford and Dr. Ed Weiss

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Dr. Beresford has served parishes in Canada and the U.K. and is currently the incumbent of St. Timothy’s North Toronto. He has worked as Consultant for Ethics and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada.  As an ethicist he has written and presented in a variety of areas including Medical Ethics and Death and Dying

Dr. Ed Weiss is a family physician in Toronto with special interests in LGBT primary care and home-based care for the frail elderly. He is an active MAID clinician with extensive experience in the assessment and provision of medical assistance in dying for patients in the GTA. Ed is a member of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).


Tuesday, October 22: Practicalities & Legal Issues – A Lawyer, a Priest, and a Funeral Director
with Jan Goddard, attorney; Charles Sweetman, Funeral Director; and The Very Rev’d Stephen Vail

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Jan Goddard is the founding partner of Goddard Gamage LLP in Toronto. She was a member of the advisory group to the Law Commission of Ontario’s landmark project on legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship. She is former counsel to the Office of the Public Guardian Trustee of Ontario and a distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law.

Charles Sweetman has been with the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel for close to 25 years and is the Senior Arranging Director.  He has worked with families, clergy and staff from many congregations including those who worship and serve at The Cathedral Church of St James.

The Very Rev’d Stephen Vail was ordained in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island in 1991. Since then, he has served in an urban parish, a three-point rural parish, a suburban parish, and a small-town parish.  Stephen is an honorary Canon of our Cathedral and chair of the Diocesan Postulancy Committee.


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