It’s not every day that our neighbourhood cemetery features significantly in such a unique way.
You are invited to participate in the “Cemetery Café Project”. This is an opportunity for innovative learning, brainstorming, interactive activities, and community development, all while gathering with a small group of community members in a local Waterloo cemetery.
Participation would involve an overall time commitment of 10 hours spread over 4 to 5 months (4 group meetings and 2 one-to-one interviews). Group meetings will include discussion and brainstorming on the themes of community development, hope, and human mortality, as well as an embodied learning activity meant to encourage more individual reflection. Out of respect for the project name, the “Cemetery Café” events will include free coffee, tea, and a small snack (e.g. chocolate). One-to-one interviews will be occasions for articulating general thoughts, questions, and ruminations about your experience of the group meetings.
There are significant benefits to participating in this project – e.g. meeting and learning together with members of your local community, reflecting on questions about mortality in a safe environment, and being part of a creative initiative that builds community and nurtures hope. There are no significant risks to participating in this project.
This project contributes toward a doctoral dissertation in the Adult Education and Community Development program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The project also stands to make a unique contribution within the field of “death education”.
Registration is required. Please contact Matthew Bailey-Dick at firstname.lastname@example.org
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