Grief storytelling connects people in beautiful ways— providing hope in knowing you are not alone.
I have been very fortunate to have met many storytellers in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, and equally fortunate to be able to now call myself one of them.
I began attending a local event called the 6-Minute Memoir "Speed Storytelling for a Cause" hosted by Anne Bokma, a Hamilton author and journalist.This storytelling event provides a theme and storytellers are challenged to write a personal memoir based on the theme. Some themes I have participated in were: The Great Escape, and Fork in the Road. The stories stir up all kinds of emotions for people and one thing is certain— the space connects us all. We are one as we listen to the tales.. We laugh, we cry, and we applaud. It can be a very bonding experience.
The Goodbye Story Cafe
What is The Goodbye Story Cafe?
A Zoom virtual storytelling event where we share our experiences on Illness, death, loss, grief and bereavement. There will be 2 or 3 storytellers with an opportunity for questions or comments in between. The event will be 1.5 hour. Stories are to be 6-10 minutes long (approximately 1000 words will formulate your story).
Is it a private event?
The event will be recorded and may be shared with other storytellers. It is important you are willing to be recorded telling your story, however, you can also appear “off camera” as you tell it.
Do I have to memorize my story, or can I read it?
It's up to you, entirely. Stories can be told either way. Personally, I have read all my stories at the events I have participated in.
Does anyone have to approve or edit my story?
Stories are not edited. It is very important to stay within the 6-10 minute timeline, however, beyond that your story is YOUR story. If a storyteller would like feedback on their piece I am happy to provide my thoughts.
How To Be Involved In Local or Online Storytelling
Dying with Dignity Canada
At Dying With Dignity Canada, you are welcome to share your personal story with the community. "Join the growing list of brave Canadians who have shared their personal stories about death, dying, and choice. Your story will inspire and inform other people interested in learning more about end-of-life issues and realities in Canada.
6 Minute Memoir
"Write your story in 1,000 words. Tell it in 6 minutes."
Hamilton Public Library
Visit the Hamilton Public Library for the HPL Virtual Storyteller, where local authors read excerpts of their work.
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