About

As an experienced Death Doula and Death Educator in Elora, Ontario, Karry Sawatsky 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 start 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 reengagement in dying, death and bereavement and that death planning leads to a meaningful and transformational experience.

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Upcoming & Past Events

  • So you want to be a Death Doula - Evening Course
    Wed., Apr. 28
    Live virtual classes
    Apr. 28, 7:00 p.m. – May 05, 8:30 p.m.
    Live virtual classes
    Discover how to attract clients so you can do the work you're called to do without having to figure it out on your own.
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  • So you want to be a Death Doula - Morning Course
    Tue., Apr. 20
    Live virtual classes
    Apr. 20, 9:30 a.m. – Apr. 27, 11:00 a.m.
    Live virtual classes
    Discover how to attract clients so you can do the work you're called to do without having to figure it out on your own.
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  • Community Seed Exchange
    Tue., Feb. 02
    Elora Brewing Company
    Feb. 02, 7:00 p.m. – Feb. 19, 12:00 a.m.
    Elora Brewing Company, 107 Geddes St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0, Canada
    Receive as many new seed packets as you send in to swap! Try new tomato varieties, get your hands on some hard to find heirloom seeds, try out some of your fellow gardeners' faves and buy fewer seeds this season. We're still a community even if we can't see one another in person!
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  • Planning for End-of-Life
    Thu., Jan. 23
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre
    Jan. 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre, 150 Albert St W, Fergus, ON N1M 1X2, Canada
    Planning in advance, before there is a need, allows you to think with clarity. Making decisions ahead of time and documenting them helps to make your wishes known. Learn what your options are in Ontario and how to plan while being supported with local resources.
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  • Funeral Alternatives
    Tue., Nov. 05
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre
    Nov. 05, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Victoria Park Seniors Centre, 150 Albert St W, Fergus, ON N1M 1X2, Canada
    Did you know you can turn cremated remains into diamonds?
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  • Life and Death Expo
    Sun., Nov. 03
    Kitchener Market
    Nov. 03, 2019, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Kitchener Market, 300 King St E, Kitchener, ON N2G 2L3, Canada
    Modern Deathcare is a vendor at this event. The goal of the Life and Death Expo is to help local community members make informed decisions about matters related to the seasons of life. There will be information on established resources, emerging trends and less familiar options.
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  • Fire Ritual
    Sat., Oct. 19
    Elora Centre For The Arts
    Oct. 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. – 8:25 p.m.
    Elora Centre For The Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0, Canada
    A community gathering and fire ritual to mourn, grieve and celebrate loved ones who have died.
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  • Modern Deathcare Expo
    Sat., Oct. 19
    Elora Centre For The Arts
    Oct. 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Elora Centre For The Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0, Canada
    The mission of the Modern Deathcare Expo is to empower individuals in enacting family-led deathcare, to educate the public about the many end-of-life options available in Ontario and to assist with death planning well before there is a need.
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  • Modern Deathcare Expo Speaker Schedule
    Sat., Oct. 19
    Elora Centre For The Arts
    Oct. 19, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Elora Centre For The Arts, 75 Melville St, Elora, ON N0B 1S0, Canada
    We have an incredible line up speakers! They are Southern Ontario's leaders in green burials, death planning and community deathcare.
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Currently offering remote sessions held over Zoom or by phone.

 

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Clients include:

  • Dying person

  • Dear one supporting a dying person

  • Individual planning for end of life

  • Families seeking to have facilitated conversations

  • Death doulas seeking mentorship

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“I am so grateful Karry was there for [my sister-in-law] and our family at the end of her life. She was so caring and compassionate. She was always there when needed. I appreciate all that she did from just sitting and talking to [my sister-in-law] to helping with everything from making coffee to the funeral logistics. She had the ability to talk to everyone and knew what to say. I will forever be grateful for her help.”
G.C. Niagara

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