Programs and Events

Death Matters

Three guided meetings during which you will have the opportunity to explore, DM Header1 copy.jpgdocument, and discuss with your loved ones your end-of-life wishes.

  • Personal Directives: what kind of measures do you want taken to keep you alive (or not)
  • Health Care Delegates: who will speak for you if and when you are unable
  • Funeral Planning: care of your body, funeral ceremony, disposal of corpse, and          

Autumn 2017 schedule for central Halifax: 

  • Saturdays, September 23rd, October 7th & 21st, 2 to 4 pm
  • Wednesdays, September 27th, October 11th & 25th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm                             
  • Fridays, November 3rd & 17th, December 1st, 10 am to noon
  • Sundays, November 5th & 19th, December 3rd, 2 to 4 pm

Cost: $150 per person for group series, generosity policy applies; $300 (minimum) for private instruction.

For more information, to register, or to schedule a workshop, please contact us.

It is never too soon to contemplate and prepare for death.


Death Cafe

Join us at a Death Café the first Thursday of every month noon to 1:30 at Just Us Café, 5896 Spring Garden Road in Halifax.

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Death Café is a monthly community gathering where people come to just talk, ask questions, and learn all manner of fascinating things about the D word.

Expect to laugh a little, and leave with one thing you never knew before. 

There is no agenda and no charge.

Facilitated by Jacquie Bell, Dawn Carson, and Deborah Luscomb, Death Awareness Educators.

  • Based on the Death Café model developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid in the United Kingdom, our objective is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.”
  • It is an open, unstructured, respectful space free of discrimination where we can express our views and bring our questions safely.
  • It is not designed to lead anyone to conclusions about life, death, or life after death, and it is not a place to market information, products or services.
  • Those needing bereavement support or grief counselling will be helped to find appropriate support and resources.
  • It is always held on a not-for-profit basis and includes food or drink, whether brought or bought.
  • People are free to come and go, to talk or not talk as they feel in that moment. Be curious! Enjoy!

Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo

A reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, as translated by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Francesca Fremantle, will occur annually on November 1st, the Day of the Dead at the Halifax Shambhala Centre.

It is said that the more familiar one becomes with the bardo teachings from the traditional text, Great Liberation Through Hearing in the Bardo, the more likely one is to recall the instructions at the time of dying. We will read through the text – just as we read through the Rain of Wisdom on Milarepa Day, taking turns. It will likely take four to five hours.

Death comes without warning. Come and listen. Come and read. Come and practice.

For more information, or to volunteer to read, please contact us.

Movie Night

Stay tuned as we develop this further opportunity for conversation.

One Year to Live



If you found out you were dying, would you be nicer?
Love more?
Try something new?
Well, you are.
We all are.
In this 12 month course we will explore areas of living and dying including forgiveness, fear, life review, personal directives, funerals, rituals, gratitude, bucket lists and much more.

Stephen Levine’s book, A Year to Live, will be used as a guide.

All traditions welcome, inclusive, non-denominational.

We’ll include passages from a variety of sources in the international and local healing communities such as, Acharya Emeritus Judith Lief, Andrew Holecek, Sogyal Rinpoche,  Roshi Joan Halifax, Tulku Thondup and others and potentially videos, and guest speakers.
In our monthly meetings we will explore together relevant topics such as:

  • forgiveness
  • fear and other emotions
  • funerals
  • gratitude
  • the act of dying
  • wills and personal directives
  • meditation
  • life review
  • after death
  • traditional rituals
  • and more