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Rituals for Family & Friends

November 4th, 2016

Learn the ritual skills to support dying people and their families through the emotional and spiritual challenges of the journey

Serious illness, aging and death bring many losses. We lose health, ability, relationships, dreams of the future, and more. At each stage in the process, healing rituals can help us honour the spiritual significance of what’s happening, mourn what’s leaving, make space for what’s coming, and connect more deeply with each other.

We need the support of our community during difficult times, but it can be hard to connect with those we care about when life is turned upside down. The healing rituals in this workshop help weave a village together, and address the needs of individuals and close family and friends in the time leading up to and immediately after a death.

Rituals can bring healing in many situations along the arc of life and death:

  • Receiving a life-altering or life-limiting diagnosis
  • Preparing for the loss of an organ or limb through surgery
  • Experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Losing cognitive function or the onset of dementia
  • Leaving the family house for long term care
  • Saying goodbye to beloved places, activities, or groups of friends
  • Celebrating a life with a living funeral
  • Ceasing curative treatment
  • Moving into hospice
  • Discontinuing life support
  • Vigiling at a deathbed
  • Blessing the body immediately after death
  • Supporting the family in the days before the funeral

This workshop will address the skills needed to design and facilitate personally appropriate and meaningful rituals for groups of approximately 5-30 people. These practices are valuable for social workers, chaplains and clergy, emerging and practicing death midwives, as well as family and community members.

Co-hosted by the Kalein Hospice Center and the Nelson & District Hospice Society.

Date and times:
November 4th-6th 2016
Friday, 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm

Taghum Hall, 10 minutes from Nelson, BC.
Nelson is 6.5 hours from Calgary, 7.5 hours from Vancouver, and 3 hours from Spokane.
Learn about local transportation and accommodation options.

Earlybird registration until October 22nd $395 + GST
Regular registration $435 + GST

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November 4th, 2016
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