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New Death Cafe in Richmond Hill

New Death Cafe in Richmond Hill

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As we welcome new Dying Well Collective members over the coming weeks, we will also be announcing new Death Cafe locations. Over the last two years, we have been hosting our Death Cafe at the Centre for Social Innovation at Bathurst (south of Bloor). We are grateful for the amazing community that gathers each month. We will continue to host this gathering. Starting in November, a Death Cafe will be held in Richmond Hill to serve this area of the GTA. It will be held on Monday, Nov. 13th from 6:30pm to 8pm at CATA-Academy at 120 Newkirk Road, Unit 12. This is a free event and an accessible building. This event will be facilitated by Glenda Myles, Executive Director and founder of the Dying Well Collective. See the Facebook event page…
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July Death Cafe is a Picnic in the Park!

Death Cafe
Every month we gather in June's room at CSI-Annex to talk about dying, death and grief. And no it's not as depressing and dark as it sounds. It's actually a lively and engaging conversation with some wonderful people. But it's July and the summer is finally here! So let's get outside and enjoy it. This month we will be meeting at Trinity Bellwoods Park - northwest section at Dundas by Crawford. We will have something up so you can recognize us. Bring something to sit on and a snack to share. We hope to see you there!
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What the heck is a Death Doula?

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Without fail when I introduce myself, the first question I get asked is What the heck is a death doula? And I'm not alone. As we navigate these new waters, a large part of our work is educating the public on the role of a death doula and how we fit into the circle of care teams available to people. What do we do? What services can we offer? Why should you hire one? Where do you find them? More and more people are signing up for specialized end of life care training. And many are graduating and left wondering how to begin. There are the typical challenges of starting a new business, but there are other challenges when that business doesn't yet have the market and awareness to support…
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End of Life Planning Workshop

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Upcoming Event: End of Life Planning Saturday, May 13th from 1:30-4:30pm Older Women's Network Inc. Cost: $10 Join the Dying Well Collective's Sun Drews, funeral director, Susan Dawson, death doula, who will be joined by lawyer Barbro Stalbecker-Pountney for this informative afternoon. Discuss end of life planning and how to ensure your final wishes are carried out. Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/end-of-life-planning-tickets-33944795798
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Join the Conversation: What is Dying Well?

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Close your eyes and take a few deep breathes. As you come to a relaxed state I want you to picture you on your death bed. This life is coming to a close. How do you feel? What's around you? Who's with you? Are you at home, in a hospice or in a hospital? Take in all the details? Slowly start to backtrack and think about what the last week was like? the last month? the last year? What stands out for you? This is our starting point.  How we view our death in this moment, whether we are healthy or alive, impacts our relationship to not only our death but also to our life. What is our relationship to death? What have we learned about death and dying from…
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A Journey to Die Wise

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When Stephen Jenkinson's book Die Wise was released in 2015 he came to speak at the Institute of Traditional Medicine (March 2015). I was introduced to his work, not a week or two before, by a colleague at the yoga studio where I work. I signed up to hear him speak and was moved by his words. It was just before the start of my Contemplative End of Life Care training at the same school (ITM). Die Wise teaches the skills of dying, skills that have to be learned in the course of living deeply and well. Die Wise is for those who will fail to live forever. Now Susan and I are on a journey to support clients and their families at this special transition from life to death.…
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Death Cafes in 2017

Death Cafe
Let's Talk!  Over the past few months, Susan and I have held several death cafes. It has been a wonderful process to meet so many amazing souls and have such deep and engaging conversations. So we've decided to make it a more regular event! More chances to talk about death, dying, grief and sorrow. These are very non-threatening, welcoming spaces to talk about such a taboo topic that affects us all. Location: Death Cafes will be held at CSI - Annex (720 Bathurst Street). Time: 6:30pm to 8:00 pm Day: Third Tuesday of the Month You can subscribe to our events on Facebook or connect with us on our Facebook page for more information. We hope to see you there!  
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Calling All Volunteers!

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Are you interested in end of life care? Do you want to help families during this time? Have you been trained as a hospice volunteer, EOLC practitioner, and a healthcare professional? Come Volunteer with Us! We are seeking volunteers who are interested in supporting our death vigiling offering. We create a team of volunteers led by a Lead Doula. The volunteers work 4-6 hour shifts during the active dying stage (last week of life). We support the person dying and the family and friends gathered. We educate on what is happening and going to happen. We provide a listening ear. We advocate for their choices if necessary. If interested: Sign up for our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/b2FlWH Connect with us on Facebook (we have a separate group for volunteers). If you have any…
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Agent of Change: Community Health

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In June 2016, the Centre for Social Innovation and Green Shield Foundation granted the Dying Well Collective and nine other amazing organizations as Agents of Change in Community Health from over 120 applications. We are so very proud to be a part of this stellar line-up of social innovators. The Dying Well Collective is committed to advocate, educate and support those that are dying with dignity, compassion and choice. And we will use the support granted to us as an Agent of Change to further these goals with a focus on Ontario and further expansion. We look forward to the year ahead and supporting our communities further. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.      
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