‘Living well as a practice for dying well’ is the subject of deathwalker Zenith Virago’s speech on September 23 at the third Death Matters conference in Christchurch.
Based in Byron Shire, just north of Byron Bay, Virago is the founder of the Natural Death Care Centre. She has been dubbed a maverick pioneer in working towards cultural change in how we approach death.
A deathwalker is someone who accompanies a dying person and their whānau through their journey, something Virago has assisted hundreds of people to do.
She is the co-author of The Intimacy of Death and Dying, patron of The Good Funeral Guild in the UK, and the subject of documentary Zen & the Art of Dying.