Death Cafe profile for Andrea Murphy


Location: Canada

About Andrea Murphy:

I am a Toronto native.  I grew up in Toronto and in the United States and have lived around the world.  I returned to my hometown only recently, just in time for my mother's death.  I am learning now how we do death in this time and place.  I didn't know before.  Not really.

As a yoga teacher and caregiver, I have worked as birth ecucator and doula for over a decade.  Today I am turning toward deathcare.  I am a graduate of Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School and am currenlty enrolled in funeral services at Humber College.  I am following the changing trends in the bereavement industry; I am particularly interested in the rise of death doulas and the greening of disposition options.  I am always interested in creating community ritual space.


What brings you to Death Cafe?

Very simply, I want spaces and places where I can talk about death.  Among the general public, it can feel awkward to bring it up in conversation, even though conversation that eases our  anxiety around the subject.   I want to gather with people who also want to engage in such conversations around death and dying.


What would you like your legacy to be?

My legacy.  I suspect that the answer to this question is what I am searching for, in my investigation into death from contamplative, historical and contemporary industry perspectives.  As I set out onto funeral school, and hostess death cafes.

Surely my answer will evolve, but as it is now...  

May I forever endeavour to direct our awareness toward the great mysteries of life, to cultivating my communities through crafting conversations, support and celebrations, and may I be remembered for making music 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


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Andrea Murphy's posts on the Death Cafe website


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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