Time: 3:00 PM-3:50 PM
Topic: Death Midwifey, a Modern Take on an Ancient Practice
Description: Death Midwives and Death Doulas have been supporting their communities in different capacities around the world since time immemorial. But what exactly does that mean for us today? What are the functions of a Death Midwife and how can they ease a person through the second biggest transition in their life? Ashley will explain how Death Midwives are changing the game in the death industry and bringing back ritual, love and reverence to death work.
Room: Amethyst Room
Ashley Oppon is a Registered Nurse, Shamanic Practitioner and a Death Midwife. She is also a Home Funeral Guide, and an advocate for Medical Aid in Dying and Green and Natural Burials. Seeing death in many different ways throughout her nursing career, she wanted to do more work to make death culture more of a place for reflection and healthy grieving. She has done extensive death training and can support individuals from advanced planning to funerals and vigils. With her death work she hopes make the dying process a space for peace at the end.