Death Cafe profile for Sarah VanReenen

Location: Canada

About Sarah VanReenen:

 My name is Sarah VanReenen and I have been trained as an End of Life Doula at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Ontario.  I have been working off and on as a Health Care Aide/PSW for the last 15 yrs in Long Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes and Home Care.


I have a passion to see those who are at the end of their lives and their families feel like they have choices, support and help them envision how they see their last days through legacy.  I feel it’s important to talk about our fears, desires for our loved ones and create a space that brings us comfort and healing in our last days and moments.


As an End of Life Doula I am lovingly providing support to those who are on the dying journey and their families before, during and after death occurs.


I am also a wife and mother of four beautiful kids living in the country side of Northern Ontario, enjoying skiing, snowshoeing and the great outdoors.

What brings you to Death Cafe?

Starting a Death Cafe in Thunder Bay is something I am passionate about, I love the philosophy behind it and the idea that as communities we need to talk about death and have a comfortability around it. I heard about Death Cafe's when I was at ITM in Toronto and decided then that this was something I wanted to be apart of.

What would you like your legacy to be?

That I loved.

Thoughts for sharing:

"We carry our loads not simply to suffer, but to learn to bear burdens lightly.  The stones of hidden and silent wisdom become our teachers and companions along the way.  They slow us down, ground us and teach us about the weightiness and lightness of being.  They ask us to stop and bend down low, touch the earth and lift that which seems impossible to bear.  Finally, making our backs strong, we open our eyes and discover that the stones are beautiful."

Joan Halifax

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Sarah VanReenen's posts on the Death Cafe website

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Thunder Bay

Posted by Sarah VanReenen on Dec. 4, 2017, 7:13 a.m.

With Sarah VanReenen

Jan. 15, 2018, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone)

This event is free, but donations are welcome for the venue, refreshments and food

I am running a Death Cafe because I feel it's important to have a conversation about death and dying in a safe, non judgemental and open environmnent.  It increases ...

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