Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Participants learned about what a death doula is and some of the ways that death doulas support people and communities facing end of life. The session also introduced participants to several widely available end-of-life planning resources and engaged participants in an activity to explore what death and dying means to them.
Photo Credit: Felicia Chang Photography
Felicia Chang is a documentary and commercial photographer based in Vancouver. She is drawn to the nuances of human emotions and how photographs have the power to shape peopleʼs narratives. She believes that all versions of life stories deserve visual space and her photographs reflect an intersection of complex frames and emotions.
Image Description: Three people sit at a table. All three people are wearing winter coats. The person closest to the camera is on the right hand side of the photograph. The person is holding their gloved hands out in front of them. A disposable mask hangs off the left ear of the person wearing gloves. The other two people are looking at the person wearing gloves intently. There are cups and paper bags on the table in front of the three people. Budding trees are out of focus in the background of the image.
Image Description: A white bird flies above budding trees at Oppenheimer Park. The sky is overcast and gray behind the bird’s body. And a short tree with bright leaves is in the bottom left corner of the photograph.
Image Description: Four people sit at rectangular tables outside at Oppenheimer Park. A fifth and sixth person are outside of the photo. Only their arms and hands are visible. The tables are covered with brightly colored patterned tablecloths. Paper cups and small paper bags are on the table. A person in the center of the photograph is wearing a dark coat and has their dark hair pulled back away from their face. Their mouth is open, and they are holding their left hand up. The person on the far left of the photograph, and the person on the far right of the photograph are watching them intently. Another person in a puffy jacket with a hood pulled up, is looking down with the reflective expression on their face.
Image Description: Three people sit at a table outside at Oppenheimer Park. The person on the left side of the photograph is being watched by the other two people. They have short dark hair and a brightly coloured jacket on. They are wearing glasses. The Oppenheimer Park Field House is visible in the background of the photograph. It is surrounded by temporary fencing.
Image Description: A close-up of a person sitting outside. They are facing the left side of the photograph. Wearing a knitted cap, their pink and purple bangs are pressed close to their forehead. They are wearing a wet weather jacket with a hood, gloves, and dark pants. The person is wearing earrings made of delicately crocheted lace dyed a warm color. Their fingers are folded together in their lap.
Image Description: There are three people seated at a table outside. A person in a dark, puffy jacket, holds a white paper cup in their two hands. Their face is covered by a black cloth face mask. Their short white hair is ruffled. The person to their right looks at them intently. The person on their left, closest to the photographer, is out of focus.
Image Description: A close up photograph of stapled worksheets.The title reads: Grief Rituals + Grief Work The worksheets are on a brightly patterned tablecloth made up of teal, blue, grey, black, and cream coloured floral designs.
Image Description: Three people are sitting at a table. The person on the right side of the photograph is being watched by the other two people. They are holding up their hands with their palms turned towards their body. They have dark hair pulled away from their face and are wearing a dark heavy coat. A person in the centre of the photograph wears a dark, puffy jacket and holds a white paper cup in their two hands. Their short white hair is peaking out from the hood pulled up over their head. The person on the left side of the photograph has short dark hair and a brightly coloured jacket on. They are wearing glasses.
Image Description: A person stands on the left side of the photograph. They are in profile. Wearing a knitted cap, their pink and purple bangs are pressed close to their forehead. They are wearing a wet weather jacket and hold a white paper cup in their two hands. A seated person is in the centre of the photograph. Only their head and shoulders are visible. They wear a bucket style hat and a disposable mask hangs off their left ear. A seated person faces the camera. Only their head and shoulders are visible. They are wearing a plaid shirt and v neck black t shirt underneath. Their long dark hair is pulled back into a ponytail. Their beard is trimmed short and close to their face. They are looking at the person standing on the left side of the photograph. Tree branches and blue sky with white clouds and one bird are visible above their heads.
Image Description: A close up photograph of written notes on lined paper held on clipboard. Black ink and green ink was used. Words are punctuated with underlines, circles and stars. Typed notes are held up from the clipboard fastener past the top of the photograph. The clipboard is sitting on a brightly patterned blue and white table cloth.
Image Description: An extreme close up of the top right corner of a clipboard holding hand written and typed notes. Handwritten in green ink can be read: Angela Fama “Death Conversation” In the top left corner of the photograph, a black box holding a deck of cards is out of focus. It is labeled “DEATH CONVERSATION GAME” in white ink.
Image Description: A glossy black box holding a deck of cards sits on top of a white piece of paper filled with typed words in English. The edges of the glossy black box are worn and raggety. Printed on the long narrow edge of the box facing the camera reads: DEATH CONVERSATION GAME In white ink. An animated outline of a skull is out of focus but visible on the top of the black box, facing away from the camera towards the top of the photograph.