Keynote Speakers

Friday: Felicity Warner

Felicity is founder of the world wide Soul Midwives’ movement and is principal of the Soul Midwives’ School. She created the idea of soul midwifery for the dying after sitting with many hundreds of people at the end of life. She is a respected lecturer, teacher and author of  three acclaimed books.

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Saturday: Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty is a licensed mortician and death acceptance advocate. She is founder of the nonprofit The Order of the Good Death, author of the bestselling book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and recently opened her first funeral home, Undertaking LA.

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Sunday: Andrew Chesnut

 R. Andrew Chesnut, PhD, of Virginia Commonwealth University, is Professor of Religious Studies and Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies. A specialist in Latin American Catholicism and Pentecostalism, he is the author of three books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. His latest book, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint (Oxford University Press, 2012), is the first academic study in English of the fastest growing new religious movement in the Americas, the cult of the Mexican folk saint of death. Professor Chesnut is a prominent media commentator on religious matters and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.