Events

Sunday, January 5/19

Death Cafe Potluck Gathering

2pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Event Details

Sunday, January 5/19

Death Cafe Potluck Gathering

Join us for an open, group-directed discussion about all topics related to death and dying. 

Have a chance to voice your experiences and perspective, and/or come to listen and learn something about yourself.


After the discussion you will have an informal opportunity to ask questions to an End of Life Planner and Death Doula. 


This is a free community event, the only contribution required is something toward the potluck meal.



2pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Saturday January 11/19

Home Funerals and Environmentally Friendly End of Life Options

1pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Event Details

Saturday January 11/19

Home Funerals and Environmentally Friendly End of Life Options

Learn more about this growing movement!

Free information seminar on environmentally friendly end of life choices and the legal and ethical considerations about home funerals/community death caring. 


We will talk about things like:

Embalming- why do we do it, is it necessary and what are alternative options?

Natural urns and casket options 

Green Burial

Family-led after death body care 


1pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Saturday, January 18/19

Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions

1pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Event Details

Saturday, January 18/19

Health Care Directives and End of Life Decisions

In the tragic event that you couldn’t  communicate for yourself, your care team needs to have a clear picture of what you’ve decided. 


At this workshop, you will learn information about the options and medical decisions to make at the end of life.


You will receive the forms to complete your own Health Care Directive and information on how to protect your choices.


This workshop is for anyone (adults only please) regardless of your stage of life or state of health, it’s never too early to start preparing!


Cost: by donation


1pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Saturday, January 25/19

Caregiver Self Care- Avoiding Burnout

1pm - 3pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

Event Details

Saturday, January 25/19

Caregiver Self Care- Avoiding Burnout

Caregiver burnout is a real struggle. Today, we’re stretched in so many different directions; caring for children, careers, aging parents, unwell spouses, pets, households, our communities, etc...

If we check in and observe how we feel, are we caring for ourselves enough?


During spending 14 years working with clients from all walks of life, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about many versions of self-care and see them in action in people’s lives.

I’ve also seen, and personally experienced the detriment when it isn’t made a priority. 


At this event, we will discuss and try out several different self-care practices in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, to give you some more tools to take care of you. 

1pm - 3pm

Gimli Unitarian Church

An amazing video on grief.

links

What is a Death Café?

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.       

     Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.      

     A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.      

The Conversation Project

A public engagement initiative with a goal that is both simple and transformative: to have every person’s wishes for end-of-life care expressed and respected.

Too many people die in a manner they would not choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.

It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.

Canadian Virtual Hospice Online

The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.

Medical Aid in Dying (MAID)

Dying With Dignity Canada is the national human-rights charity committed to improving quality of dying, protecting end-of-life rights, and helping Canadians avoid unwanted suffering.

Understand and work through your grief

MyGrief.ca can help you understand grief and work through some of the difficult issues you may be facing. It has been developed by a team of national and international grief experts together with people who have experienced significant loss in their own lives.

Natural body care following death

This 5 part video series gives an in-depth look at what natural death care looks like. *Warning* images may be disturbing to some.

Home Funeral Alliance

Home funerals invite family, friends, and community into an authentic and healing after-death care experience in a safe and familiar place, with care performed by loving hands. Families choosing home funerals express gratitude for the intimacy, connection, and sense of purpose that results from this organic and timeless practice. 

Unwinding Life offers Home Funeral assistance with as much or as little help with the process as you would like. Let us help you give your loved one the most authentic funeral possible, in a home setting.

Going With Grace Guide to Completion

So someone you love is approaching death or has died.  Breathe.  Deeply.  Now read on.  There is no doubt that this is a tumultuous and emotional time. Immediately and in the months and years following the death of a loved one, there are a great number of decision to be made and a mountain of tasks to complete.  This e-workbook contains the vital information to support you in completing the affairs of your love one's life.  

*If you require assistance in completing the tasks related to this workbook, Unwinding Life is available for that*


Videos

A poignant Ted Talk done by Palliative Care Physician, BJ Miller

The trailer for the incredible documentary film Griefwalker- about Canadian palliative care pioneer, Stephen Jenkinson. 

Find it here:

https://www.learnoutloud.com/Free-Audio-Video/Self-Development/Aging/Griefwalker/80470

Documentary film called Serving Life

A Palliative Care volunteer team is set up inside a maximum security prison.  Watch as inmates learn to care for their peers as they die and the incredible effect it has on their own personal journey.