I believe community events allow us to learn & heal together.
There are some who say that successful living and aging includes active engagement in life with the active engagement, besides exercise and positivity, being engagement with others. Loving and friendly relationships are critical as we age and especially when we are confronting life-limiting illness and/or grief & bereavement. Communal healing can have a beautiful and lasting impact. Together we can make a difference in our own life and in the lives of others.
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Where are we now?
In March, 2021 we launched our Free Community Information Sessions. These gatherings provide a variety of benefits and are primarily offered to support learning around the value of your legacy story, death & dying, palliative care and much more.
Another free special event was launched in March and that is the Goodbye Story Café. We had wonderful success with our storytelling series and will be continuing the series beginning September 9, 2021. The Goodbye Story Café will be featured every three months and is a themed event. Our first two events were themed around saying goodbye through a death/grief experience.
Our theme for September: "Saying Goodbye Before Death". Do you have a story where you've said goodbye in a different way? Perhaps that means divorce or kicking a bad habit. Do you want to share your story at our virtual Goodbye Story Cafe on September 9th, 7:00 pm.? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE EXCITING WORKSHOPS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS COMING UP IN 2021/22.
All events are currently taking place online/Zoom.
We hope you will join us for our upcoming information sessions, workshops or storytelling features.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.
The Barriers We Face - Helping the Homeless at End of Life - POSTPONED TO October 28, 2021. - journalist Denise Davy, author of Her Name Was Margaret, Life & Death on the Streets, will be joining Anne Reid and I in a conversation on the barriers we might face in supporting the mentally ill & homeless community at end of life. Denise is a nationally recognized award winning journalist who specializes in writing about mental health. She is also the founder of Purses for Margaret, which provides toiletries to homeless women.
Also joining us is Cathy Watson who will be sharing her personal journey struggling to help her brother and how she created a path to help others live a healthier life.
Here is what happened in September, 2021 at Sue Phillips, End of Life Doula Support Services.
The Goodbye Story Cafe, September 23rd - Our storytellers Sandy Lubert, Allison Murray-Napier, Emily Gayle Atkinson, Suzanne Foreman & Olga Nikolajev brought us different goodbye stories for this cafe gathering. We covered divorce, empty nesting, imaginary friends, COVID, cancer & quitting a bad habit.
It is always a privilege to hear & share stories at our cafes.
If you are interested in participating in one of our cafes please get in touch. email@example.com.
Traveling Across Canada to the Maritimes - September took us to the Atlantic provinces of Canada in a camper. We also had the honour of staying with some beautiful family & friends (old & new).
We explored many small towns & made sure to visit and honour those buried in cemeteries & graveyards in these towns. We paid our respects at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax to 150 victims of the Titanic who are buried there. Another Cemetery we visited was a tiny one in Parssboro Nova Scotia, the St. Georges Anglican Church Cemetery, 1792-1890. This historic cemetery is getting some TLC over a two-year restoration period that began in 2020 and it is the only one where we've seen an iron headstone.
There are about 100 or so headstones remaining but it is believed there are many unmarked graves likely more than 200 but having a headstone was a luxury some could not afford.
After a long period of Covid isolation it was amazing to get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful provincial, national and private campgrounds and we were especially grateful to be spending Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30th on the East Coast. It was an opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous communities in these areas.
October is a time of gratitude for harvests. It is also a time nature shows us how beautiful It Is to let go.
We are grateful for these opportunities.