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January 2023 Events

Tickets are available through Eventbrite under the collection for Distant Light Death Doula Services

January 9 Death Café at noon

At a Death Café people gather to discuss death with no agenda, objectives, or themes.

Death Cafes are open to, and respectful of, people of all communities and belief systems

It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

The Death Café model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz.

Afternoon Private Zoom Sessions

Each session lasts an hour and a half from 12-1:30 pm (Nova Scotia time)

Sessions available January 3, 5, 6,10,11,13,17,18, 24

Private Zoom Sessions

Each session lasts an hour and a half from 7-830 pm ( Nova Scotia time)

Sessions available January 3,10,11,17,18,24

Workshop January 8 from 7-8 pm
(NS time)

Busting the myth about “being strong” for someone else after a death

“You have to be strong for your children/ you have to be strong for your mom or dad” and “You are the little man/woman of the house now” are often phrases told by well-meaning friends and relatives. This workshop will bust the validity of those statements.

Topics covered include:

•We may have grown up with a belief system that says you have to be strong. What is the validity of that and many other cliches related to dealing with loss (e.g., death/divorce)?

•What does strong in grief really look like? What does the distorted view look like?

•What is grief and why don’t we need an advanced degree to help our child?

•Crisis moments patterns of behaviours

•Misinformation stored from our childhood needs to be challenged and replaced

•Some research suggesting why “staying strong” may be extremely bad for your health.

•6 alternatives to saying “stay strong”

Workshop January 15
from 7-8pm
(NS time)

A Compassionate Workplace around the issue of death can become a modern reality

It is inevitable that death and bereavement are part of our workplace cultures. Creating a compassionate environment around death is needed.

Unfortunately, many organizations are ill-equipped to hand the responsibility to create the culture of compassion around dying. Is it because they think they can’t, they won’t, or they don’t know how?

Death is something most of us avoid thinking about but, as an employer, it is vital to consider how to support bereaved employees.

Over this one-hour informative workshop for both employers and employees we will explore the following topics:

The emotional response to a colleague who has died

Some suggestions for workplaces to create a compassionate and caring environment both immediately and in the following weeks and months

Some strategies to support grieving co-workers

Some strategies to support grieving workers

7 specific strategies for management

January 25th Free One-hour private sessions in honour of Bell's National Let's Talk Day

I am offering limited free sessions on this day only. Please secure tickets through Eventbrite. The sessions are private and confidential and the topic(s) discussed are of your choosing.

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