Hosted by Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association and Laura Walsh


Feb. 2, 2019

Start time:

1:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)

End time:

3:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)


1245 70 Ave SE



T2H 2X8



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About this Death Cafe

AHPCA's stance is that feeling comfortable talking about mortality and death is important. Does your family know what type of medical care you want (or don't want) if you can't decide for yourself? Have you thought about it? If death isn't a taboo topic, it's easier to to have these conversations. Talking about death won't kill you.

Laura became interested in the rituals of death while living in Asia. She found people dealt with the subject of death much more openly than western cultures and upon relocating to Calgary, she was surprised at reluctance to talk it. Upon hearing a podcast with the BBC regarding Death Cafes, she felt she had a platform in which to bring this taboo topic more to the forefront of western culture.

After introductions and ground rules, we plan to have a few "ice breaking" questions to spark discussion. Laura will be observing and interjecting if required. We plan to have a short break after about 45 minutes.

We are looking forward to our inaugural Death Cafe event!

About Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association and Laura Walsh

AHPCA promotes and supports comprehensive and quality hospice palliative care (HPC) for all Albertans. We raise public awareness of HPC by highlighting news and events on our social media, website and blog. We meet with government and make reccomendations.

AHPCA helps Albertans access HPC in their communities with our searchable, comprehsive online Resource Directory.

AHPCA supports professionals, volunteers and caregivers who provide HPC. We run annual province-wide educational Roadshows. We facilitate educational scholarships and awards for volunteers and caregivers. Once a year we unite all the grassroots hospice groups to learn and network to strengthen Alberta's hospice palliative care community.

Laura Walsh holds Master’s degrees in Psychology and Sport Science from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Counselling degree from Monash University in Australia. She is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologist and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is also a registered hypnotherapist with the Canadian Hypnotherapy Association, an EMDR therapist and a sport psychologist with the CSPA.

Previously, Laura worked in Hong Kong as a psychologist and sport psychologist for 10 years before moving back to Canada in 2015. She has worked in Calgary for the past three years with individuals, couples, adolescents and high-level athletes. Her main areas include trauma work including PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal conflict, eating disorders using a variety of techniques including but not limited to, cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and compassion therapy, hypnotherapy (mindfulness), interpersonal therapy, EMDR and sport psychology for all levels of athletes. 

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