On Death and Dying With Karry Sawatsky
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In this episode, we speak with Death Doula, Karry Sawatsky of Modern Death Care who has dedicated her career to supporting people through their dying time. It’s a conversation about reclaiming death and dying, being with grief, the role death can play in us achieving things we previously thought unattainable.  We explore how we can use our grief to be leaders in our community and by having the willingness to give something of ourselves away, we can tap into such a profound and deep part of ourselves. It’s also a practical conversation about having the courage to speak to the people we care about the most about their death so we are as prepared as we can be to have to deal with all the nitty-gritty details that can make dealing with the death of a loved one so challenging. This is a fresh and honest conversation about the only thing we can be 100% sure will happen at the end of our lives and hopefully, give you a little inspiration and courage to take one step closer to walking a life rich with more meaning and more purpose.

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Community Death Care is an emerging non-profit group, coming together in response to the needs and interests of Canadians who seek to re-engage with dying and deathcare in more meaningful, holistic, and environmentally sustainable ways!

National Home Funeral Alliance is dedicated to increasing access to information related to community-led after-death care. 

Guest Info

Karry Sawatsky is a death doula and the founder of Modern Death Care located in Elora, Ontario.  Karry offers personal support for individuals and families. She offers guidance in planning as well as support leading up to death, at death and after.

Karry came to deathcare through experiencing the deaths of a few close people. She was left with an intuitive sense that there must be another way to do dying, death and bereavement than the current cultural model.

This led her to become a Death Doula and founded Modern Deathcare. She is committed to educating the public about the end-of-life options and alternatives that are available and connecting people with resources. She is dedicated to reclaiming community-centred deathcare whereby families are empowered to enact their own end-of-life care if they choose. 

Karry believes in encouraging cultural re-engagement in dying, death and bereavement and that death planning leads to a meaningful and transformational experience.

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