Death, Something to Talk About

Furthering the Conversation- Virtually

The McNally “Death, Something to Talk About” series, strives to provide quality community programming to explore the themes of death, dying, loss and grief in a safe and interactive way. Due to COVID-19, all of our programs will take place virtually this fall. It is our hope that you will join us for one (or all) of these thought provoking discussions. Attached to this email you will find more details about each of the programs. All programs are free of cost and open to all. Access to Zoom is required. To register for any of the below programs, email ablack@mcnallyhousehospice.com or call 905-309-4013 ext. 31

Advance Care Planning Workshop

Thursday, October 29th, 2pm-3:30pm

When it comes to planning for your future health care, are you, your family and friends prepared? If you were sick and couldn’t speak for yourself, would they know your wishes? These conversations can be difficult to have and the last few months have shown us how important these conversations are.

This workshop will help you become familiar advance care planning and how it can help you prepare for a time when you may not be ale to make health decisions for your self.

Each participant will receive a Speak Up Ontario Workbook in the mail before the date of the workshop.

Die-alogues, The Millennial Edition

Thursday, October 29th, 7pm- 8:30pm

Die-alogues is a series of discussion groups intended to start meaningful conversations about death, dying, loss and grief in our community. In this Millennial Edition, topics will focus on introducing the Death Positive Movement, discussing little-known eco-friendly options related to end of life, and considerations of how social media and new digital resources intersect with our end of life.

DIY Memorial Dinner Workshop

Tuesday, November 10th, 7pm- 8:30pm

Our ability to celebrate the lives of loved ones we have lost has drastically changed with the pandemic. People who have died remain part of our lives, and having the opportunity to reminisce and tell their stories is an enduring way we cope with loss.

This workshop will provide information on how to hold your own Memorial Supper – a new take on old traditions of remembering absent loved ones.

Die-alogues the Family Edition

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30pm- 8:00pm

Die-alogues is a series of discussion groups intended to start meaningful conversations about death, dying, loss and grief in our community. In this Family Edition, family members are encouraged to attend together. Topics will focus on fostering both thoughtful and fun conversations around personal bucket lists, what do you value most in regards to quality of life, overcoming death denial, and sharing ideas of how to continue these conversations as a family.

What’s Your Legacy- A Two Part Workshop

Thursday November 19th and 26th,, 7pm- 8:30pm

One’s life story provides an opportunity for reflection, healing, celebration, and a recognition of things we’ve experienced and accomplished in our lives. In this two-part workshop, participants will explore this idea through the mediums of writing and art. Package of supplies will be available for pick up before the first workshop.

Part One
This workshop will discuss ways to write a legacy of your life story to be shared with family, friends, neighbours and members of your community. We will be discussing themes and approaches, writing exercises, how to develop a blueprint and providing resources with life questions that will get your mind thinking (and your hands writing).  Everyone has a story.  Begin sharing yours today.

Part 2
In part 2 participants will take part in an art making workshop celebrating our personal narrative and journey. The creation of a Miniature Book of Days, a mini journal of sorts; is a small snapshot and/or list of your favourite things, memories, moments and or experiences that bring you joy.

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If you would like to discuss partnerships or request a guest speaker, please contact Amanda Black, Community Engagement Coordinator, at ablack@mcnallyhousehospice.com .