Susan Srigley, PhD, is Professor of Religions and Cultures at Nipissing University in Northern Ontario, Canada. Her area of research is religious ethics and literature and she is the author of two books and numerous articles on the American writer Flannery O’Connor. She has been a palliative care volunteer for the past 16 years and she offers training sessions to new volunteers on death, dying and spirituality with her local palliative care association. She teaches a number of university courses on death and dying and she is currently writing about the importance of the humanities for palliative care. She leads regular “death café” meetings in her community