Death Cafe profile for Andrea Murphy


Location: Canada

http://andreamariamurphy.ca/

About Andrea Murphy:

I am a Toronto native.  I grew up between Toronto and in the United States, and have been fortunate to spend time on other contintents, too.  I returned to my hometown only recently, just in time for my mother's death.  I am learning how we do death in this time and place.  I didn't know before--not really.

I am a yoga teacher and birth worker, and today I am turning my career towards deathcare.  I am a student of Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School and am currenlty enrolled in funeral services education at Humber College.  As a member of the board of the national nonprofit Canadian Funeral Peer Support, I work to cultivate wellness among funeral workers in Canada.  I am following the changing trends in the bereavement industry and am particularly interested in the rise of death doulas and the greening of disposition options.  I aspire to offer the public participatory options in the care of their dead.  I am forever interested in creating community ritual space.


What brings you to Death Cafe?

I was grateful to discover Death Cafe when I did.  It was a time when I wanted to talk, but had nobody to talk to.

The more I learn about death in our culture, the more curious I become.  I want a space and place where I can sit with others and talk about death--not an easy thing to find.  I give credit to the Death Cafe movement for bringing these conversations into the public realm, and am happy to collaborate with death conversationalists worldwide.


What would you like your legacy to be?

I would like to leave a legacy both playful and helpful.  Would that it include conversation starting, hand holding and dancing in the streets. 


Thoughts for sharing:

"Well, we should admit it:  This is a sad business, befriending your death.  There is nothing heroic about it, at least not in your eyes if you are the one trying to do it.  But there is great courage in it.  Giving your death its due in your life, though it might seem like it now, won't be a grudging defeat.  That's just more of the same.  Giving your death its due is an ever more graceful bow you might make towards your life, and to life itself, as your life goes on and you learn."

Stephen Jenkinson, from How it All Could Be:  A work book dying people and for those who love them


Contact Andrea Murphy



Andrea Murphy's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on May 29, 2019, 7:17 a.m.



With Andrea Murphy

Aug. 28, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

To be clear, there is no agenda to this Death Cafe ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on May 29, 2019, 7:16 a.m.



With Andrea Murphy

July 31, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

To be clear, there is no agenda to this Death Cafe ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on May 29, 2019, 7:16 a.m.



With Andrea Murphy

June 26, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

To be clear, there is no agenda to this Death Cafe ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on May 29, 2019, 7:15 a.m.



With Andrea Murphy

May 29, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

To be clear, there is no agenda to this Death Cafe ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Jan. 18, 2019, 9:50 p.m.



With Andrea Murphy

March 27, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

Also because I found the perfect venue.  I want to support ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe - cancelled due to weather

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Jan. 18, 2019, 9:45 p.m.



With Andrea Murphy

Feb. 27, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

Also, I have organized this cafe because I found the perfect ...



Death Cafe: Mississauga Death Cafe

Posted by Andrea Murphy on Jan. 5, 2019, 5:38 p.m.



With Andrea Murphy

Jan. 30, 2019, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (Eastern)

Accepts donations

I have organized this cafe because I want to talk about death, particularly with the people in my neighbourhood.

 

Also, I have organized this cafe because I found the perfect ...





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