Have a good death

It's going to happen so why not make it as good as it can be. Talking about death won’t kill you — but sometimes can be frightening or awkward. The 100% Certainty Project promotes books to read and talk about, which will help to get conversations started about what’s important to you when you face what is inevitable.

Read. Reflect. Talk about books.

Talk about death. Live your fullest life.



gritLIT 2021 Readers and Writers Festival, April 15–18, 2021

An all-too-familiar certainty, grief is an emotion that’s difficult for most of us to put into words. In This Is Not the End of Me, Dakshana Bascaramurty documents the final years of a husband and father diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 33.


In How to Lose Everything, Christa Couture shares her own excruciating loss, including the amputation of her leg as a cure for bone cancer and the death of two children.


Join the authors as they discuss the challenges of talking/writing about grief and how the process of doing so helps with healing. 


Panel hosted by C. Elizabeth Dougherty from the 100% Certainty Project


ALL gritLIT events take place online via Zoom. Voice-to-text transcription will be enabled for all events.


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Author and licensed mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition in a factual, hilarious and candid way.

W.W. Norton & Company Ltd.

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In this heartbreaking story between a father and son, Medicine Walk, set in the dramatic landscape of the BC Interior, is a 'walk' of discovery, of redemption and of closure.

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In Feeding My Mother, Jann shares what it is like for a daughter to become her mother's caregiver — in her own frank and funny words, and in recipes she invented to tempt her mom. Full of heartbreak, love and wonder. 

Penguin Random House Canada

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... With a colourful, often hilarious retinue of friends, mega-church preachers, relatives and doctors, Everything Happens for a Reason tells Kate Bowler's story, offering up her irreverent, hard-won observations on dying and the ways it has taught her to live. 

Penguin Random House

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“Reading these books gave me the courage to talk to my parents about what they wanted.”


~ Maria, University Student

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