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.
Happy Spring Friends and thank you for visiting our website.
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 death & dying, palliative care and much more. Currently the sessions are scheduled twice a month, Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Another free special event was launched in March and that is the Goodbye Story Café. We will be offering that event every three months with our next one taking place on June 10th, 2021. The Café was inspired by the Six-Minute Memoir Writing Series, Speed Storytelling for a Cause founded by Anne Bokma, local Hamilton journalist and author. Our storytellers are given a theme and must tell their story in 6-10 minutes. If you would like to know more about this storytelling feature please feel free to contact me: email@example.com. We are always looking for storytellers.
All events are currently taking place online/Zoom.
We hope you will join us for our upcoming information sessions or storytelling feature.
Ambiguous Loss - What does it mean and what are some ways we can cope with it? Maureen Trask joins us to talk about ambiguous loss. Her own experience was when her son went missing. She has been working over the last 10 years to teach and advocate for supports for families suffering ambiguous loss. When people experience ambiguous loss they only know how to treat it as a death however it is very different. Ambiguous loss touches on not only missing persons but also on mental illness and dementia, where our loved ones are physically present but not mentally with us.
The Value of Your Legacy Story -Through stories we share passions, fears, sadness, hardships & joys. They are universal & help us find commonality & healing. Please join Anne Bokma, Michael Williams & Suzanne Foreman to talk about the value of your Legacy Story.
Here is what happened in April, 2021 at Sue Phillips, End of Life Doula Support Services.
Death Café, April 15 – we gathered with no agenda or theme. The purpose of a death café is to increase awareness around death and dying and to talk about our fears and curiosities. Helping people make the most of their finite lives is our ultimate goal. The Café was co-facilitated by Anne Reid, Retired R.N / Death Doula and Sue Phillips, Death Doula.Death Cafes will be a semi regular feature with the next one TBA at a later date.
Home Funerals/Death Care at Home, April 29 - we gathered for an overview of a family directed Home Funeral with Barb Phillips facilitating. More people are choosing to not only die at home but also to have their wakes and/or funeral at home. There was a lot to learn with the most important piece being that that we can absolutely take care of all necessary responsibilities around death care at home. Also joining us was Susan Watson who shared her family’s experience caring for and honouring her father at his time of death.
Death & Dying- Discovering the Secrets of Death Workshop Series, April 6,13,20,27 – In this 4-session workshop we explored the process of death & dying, karma & reincarnation through dialogue, contemplation, meditation & other practices to understand death & eventually to accept it in order to live fully. By understanding death we can also help others to die peacefully. During the four sessions we also offered an overview of the role of a death doula.Workshop facilitated by: Jivasu (Dr. Pradeep Kumar) and Sue Phillips.
Testimonial: "The Death & Dying Workshop was so good for me ... it left me feeling hopeful and peaceful. Thank you." - Terry