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Understanding death at the Vernon Towne Theatre

Doctor Joanne Cacciatore hosts a special keynote speech on the mystery of grieving and loving
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is a professor and senior scholar, helping to spearhead the graduate certificate program of grief and bereavement at Arizona State University. She also has a best selling book, Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief. She will be presenting the keynote speech at the Vernon Towne Theatre on Thursday, June 22. (Contributed)

An evening into the exploration of grieving and loving is coming to the Vernon Towne Theatre.

Called: What is death? The mystery of grieving and loving, will be put on by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore.

Cacciatore is a bereaved mother and the founder of the MISS Foundation, an international NGO that serves families whose children have died, and the Selah Carefarm, a sustainable restorative community that provides aid to anyone suffering traumatic grief.

Hosted at the Vernon Towne Theatre on Thursday, June 22, Cacciatore will be providing the keynote presentation of the Vernon Compassionate Friends annual fundraiser.

Cacciatore had her own tragic experience of grief when she lost a child soon after birth. For the last 20 years, she has been working to change the way that grief is regarded in society and treated by professionals.

The fundraiser is in partnership with the Emily Dahl Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to cultivate the compassion and kindness that is naturally in us all.

“Everyone has a story of grief and the loss of a loved one, and many suffer because of a lack of proper support in this area of our lives,” said Sherman Dahl, founder of the Emily Dahl Foundation. “We have to help each other, and we must have the correct understanding of the depths of our being in order to do this.”

Doors open at 5 p.m. There will be a wine and cheese reception along with silent auction items and door prizes throughout the evening. Presentations begin at 6 p.m., with the keynote starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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