Death Cafe profile for Linda Stuart


Location: Canada

https://www.facebook.com/TorontoDeathCafe

About Linda Stuart:

Linda Stuart is a Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals and weddings who creates and performs one-of-a-kind ceremonies for life’s milestone occasions. She has always been a Celebrant at heart, organizing celebrations, designing ceremonies, and reinventing rituals for as long as she can remember. Her longtime connection with the bereaved, coupled with her passion for Celebrancy, led her to found the Toronto Death Café, a space where people gather to discuss death in order to better understand how to make the most of their finite lives. The Death Café concept illuminates Linda’s belief that we as humans can’t come close to understanding the meaning of life if we’re not willing to explore the reality of death. Linda frequently speaks to funeral and cemetery professionals about the importance of personalized memorials, particularly for families who have lost children. She also serves as chair of The Unforgettables Fund Toronto Chapter, an organization providing financial assistance for the costs of a dignified funeral to families caring for dying children. Linda lives with her husband, her grown children, and her sweet bichon in the GTA. 




Linda Stuart's posts on the Death Cafe website


New Blog post: Celebration of Life or Denial of Death?

Posted by Linda Stuart on Oct. 13, 2017, 8:22 a.m.


People are often surprised when they learn of my love-hate relationship with the term “Celebration of Life.”

"But you're a Celebrant!" they say. "Doesn't that mean you like to celebrate?"

Well, yes...and no. It depends. 

Let’s take a look at Google’s definition of the word:

Cel-e-bra-tion: the act of marking one's pleasure at an important event or occasion by engaging in enjoyable, typically social activity

Call me a killjoy ...



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Feb. 28, 2017, 7:52 a.m.



With Linda Stuart

March 9, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free


Linda Stuart is a Life-Cycle Celebrant who creates and performs one-of-a-kind ceremonies for life’s milestone occasions. She frequently speaks to funeral professionals about the importance of personalized memorials, particularly ...



New Blog post: Death Cafe Toronto: A Space to Talk About Life & Death

Posted by Linda Stuart on Feb. 29, 2016, 1:37 p.m. 2 comments


“Mom, you’re SO weird,” my youngest son announced when he heard of my plans to organize and host Toronto’s first Death Café.

At the time he was 20 and stared at me with big eyes and disbelief as if he pictured me dressed goth-style with ultra-pale skin and black lipstick.

“I don’t get it,” he said. “Why would you want to sit around and talk about death with complete strangers?” 

I guess ...



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Dec. 30, 2015, 7:22 a.m.



With Linda Stuart

Jan. 24, 2016, 2.00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. (Eastern)

Free



Drew Marshall, host of Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show, interviewed Jon Underwood and Linda Stuart (Toronto Death Cafe) on October 3, 2015. 

The Drew Marshall Show: http://drewmarshall.ca/listen2015-html#151003

Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Aug. 16, 2015, 12:33 p.m.



With Linda Stuart

Sept. 17, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on March 19, 2015, 8:32 p.m.



With Linda Stuart

April 15, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (eastern)

Free



Death Cafe: Markham Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Oct. 29, 2014, 7:54 p.m.



With Linda Stuart

Nov. 27, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. (eastern)

Free



Press: At a death cafe: A life-affirming experience

Posted by Linda Stuart on July 22, 2014, 10:51 a.m.


Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on June 15, 2014, 7:13 a.m.



With Linda Stuart

July 10, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (eastern)

Free



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on March 15, 2014, 10:45 a.m.



With Linda Stuart

March 30, 2014, 1.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Nov. 7, 2013, 3:35 p.m.



With Linda Stuart

Nov. 27, 2013, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (eastern)

Free



Death Cafe: Toronto Death Cafe

Posted by Linda Stuart on Sept. 25, 2013, 3:27 p.m.



With Linda Stuart, Life Cycle Celebrant

Oct. 20, 2013, 1.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Free