Theme of the Show: All Souls’: Vancouver’s Beloved Festival of Death Guest: Marina Szijarto & Paula Jardine – www.NightForAllSouls.com Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
In many cultures around the world, the days at the end of October and beginning of November are considered an important time for honouring the dead in our lives. In our modern, urban, and relatively transient culture, traditional “village” customs have been left behind, though not the human impulses that led to these traditions.
The annual All Souls festival at the Mountain View Cemetery is a non-denominational sacred event, and an opportunity for people to share their own customs and experiences.
Led by artists Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto, it grew out of their work together at Public Dreams, and their desire to understand the role of artists in the sacred life of the community.
The project has been part of the revival of the role of this urban cemetery in the life of an increasingly secular and multi-cultural community.
DML host Abegael, who will be part of the festival as a storyteller again this year on Nov 1 – Crossing the Sea: Celtic Threshold Stories – is thrilled to once again welcome Marina and Paula into the Van Coop studio.
Theme of the Show: The Downside of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) Guest: Mike Penninga – Guest lecturer, UBCO Nursing School (Ethics), Author: Physician Assisted Suicide (Master’s Thesis), Pastor, Kelowna Gospel Fellowship, www.kgfchurch.com Lead Host: Sharon Simpson
Mike Penninga is trained in broadcast journalism and was a radio and television reporter prior to becoming a pastor. Mike wrote his Master’s thesis on the topic of Physician Assisted Death for his Social Ethics & Christian faith course for his Masters in Christianity and Culture. Written in a dialogue format, the thesis is very accessible for those who are interested in the ethical aspects that impact the individual and our society with the choices involved in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).
The paper came across the desk of a philosophy and ethics professor in the School of Nursing at UBCO and Mike was asked to present it to the students. This year will be his fourth year presenting to the nursing students. The school keeps bringing him back for his presentation as they seek to give the nursing students a non-judgmental and thoughtful way to look at Medical Assistance in Dying from another persective. Many of the nurses patients will come from a faith-background and Mike’s viewpoint will provide insight into how people of faith consider this issue.
Theme of the Show: Death of a Parent Guest: Dano and Andrea MacDonald Lead Host: Mara Lees
Dano and Andrea MacDonald shared their personal story and experience of losing their Dad while in their early teens. They describe their Dad as a dreamer with an adventurous spirit. Roderick Douglas MacDonald was a helicopter engineer, a pilot and eventually sold helicopters. He suffered severe seizures which he tried to hide. Because of his denial , this eventually broke up his marriage. Dano and Andrea’s Mom left with 4 children to raise on her own and work. When the girls were asked who was their main support during this times, they responded their Mamma Mac. After the break up, their Dad traveled from place to place but always keeping in touch. One evening, the family received the dreaded news, their Dad was dead at the age of 49. The girls feel this was the moment that shaped their lives and opened up the rabbit hole.
Theme of the Show: En-Tranced to Death Guest: Nancy Mellon – www.healingstory.com Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Breaking the Spell: Electronic Addictions & Evolving the Human Story.
The national average for onlline connections is eight hours per day. Most of us feel we are spending too much time online. We sense that the images there are connectd to some sort of loss for ourselves.
What is lost amidst electronic gains? How do the persistent images continually bombarding us contribute to the ebbing of our imaginative thinking?
What images can truly strengthen and sustain us through losses?
Nancy Mellon leads workshops and courses world-wide that brim with creativity. She is a psychotherapist whose books are cherished in many countries. A former Waldorf teacher, Nancy is a pioneer in therapeutic storytelling, inviting people from all walks of life to address their daily challenges creatively, and to explore the body as the foundation for transforming the human story. Nancy Mellon is the author of Storytelling and the Art of Imagination, Storytelling with Children, and Body Eloquence, which won the US Books’ Best Books Award in the field of Alternative Medicine. To learn more, please visit www.healingstory.com
Theme of the Show: Second Chance at Life Guest: Santanna Prince – Entrepreneur and Co-Owner, Sugar’d, Langley, BC Lead Host: Mara Lees
At 30 years old, life was excellent for Santanna Prince. She was healthy, her business was doing well and life was good. Santanna and her sister, co-own a company called Sugar’d in Langley. One day at work, Santanna felt a share pain in under her rib. So severe, she drove herself to the hospital. In pain, she waited 8 hours in the emergency before being seen by a Doctor. Blood tests were ordered. The diagnosis was her pancreas was inflamed caused, as the Doctor said, from drinking alcohol. Santanna does not drink. She was admitted and further tests were preformed. She was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor behind her rib cage. Now finished with her treatments, she is in remission. With enthusiasm Santanna expresses, ” I feel like I have been given a second chance at life”. ” I use to work to live—now I live to work”.
Theme of the Show: Death of the Visible Guest: Bill Moore – www.BillMooreBooks.com Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Bill Moore has lived in Nelson BC for the better part of his life. He is ‘a man of parts’ – a term coined by Renaissance scholars to describe a person of many capacities, deeply ensconced in spiritual study, arts and culture. And he became legally blind about 20 years ago. As a retired school teacher, Bill has reshaped a life as a writer (novels, short stories, poetry), a tireless community organizer, and an intuitive consultant and master reader of the Tarot, a lifelong companion of some 48 years . Our conversation will focus on the changing of life and personal imagery with the loss of outward vision. We may hear some insights from the Tarot itself.
Theme of the Show: Living While Dying Guest: Michael Izen and Gina Woolsey, Author: Finger Up My Bum Lead Host: Stephen Garrett
Michael was given one year to live on November 1, 2015 and living he is! Writing a book on his personal adventures with prostate cancer entitled Finger Up My Bum Michael is setting out to live life fully while he can and bring prostate cancer realities to light with just a little humour.
A jump into the pits of fire is certain death.
Crows caws waiting.
Claws outstretch for flesh.
Death matters, lives count.
I shall be the dealer in this game of death with no play in life.
Resist what may.
Expel what is more in strife.
Be told a life may blossom upon the grey mist.
Tell none shall heal from the grips.
A course of final judgment.
Crows will gather in a larger circle.
Dragging down the torch.
The path will always marvel.
One true source of light within.
Crackling embers a flame shudders the fall of grim.
Those that sleep upon the black ground.
One hot blooded body can test your mound.
Greener as grass gets.
Warmth the heart is met with one love for life.
Death matters, be of such frame.
It matters to I for I am to blame.
No kill to obstruct the true.
Deathly calls for what you must do.
On to the next, a tale for the kindred.
A flailing wing is my hindered.
A call to tall order so set it be.
Ring once, hear twice, kill set free.
No burden gathered upon thee back.
Death matters so that is that.
Stephen – Gina and I would like to thank you for having us on your show. It was a lot of fun, and I think we all had a great conversation. In fact, I immediately heard from a friend living in Berlin, who was really inspired by the broadcast. – Michael Izen
Theme of the Show: Against All Hope / Facing Death Daily Guest: Patty Emry, Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Host on Soap Box Co-op Radio, www.pattemry.com Lead Host: Mara Lees
All her life, Patty has been hearing she is special and unique. Born as a twin, Patty’s organs had not developed. The parents were informed Patty would probably die within a few days. Because of the parent’s faith, they insisted the doctors try anything to save Patty’s life. Patty lived and thrives. Her twin sister died a few months later at 3 months old. Patty has spent her lifetime facing death daily however, this did not stop Patty from marrying, adopting two children and later giving birth to a son.
Patty is a competitive skier, marathon runner, host on Soap Box Co-op radio, author, and public motivator speaker. Her book, ” It takes a sense of humor” is an inspirational story of hope and motivation to anyone who on a daily basis must adapt their health and lifestyle to stay alive and flourish…from losses, to facing health issues, traumas, break ups etc….”Patty Cares”.
Theme of the Show: Alternative Funerals Guest: Zane Green, Ancient Buriels, www.AncientBurials.com Lead Host: Abegael Fischer-Lang
Zane Green was a guest at an orthodox funeral a few years back, and the experience changed his life.
The reverence and spiritual strength of the service inspired him to change the way he worked.
Zane and his wife Julia set up Ancient Burials, their own funeral home, earlier this year. We will speak on aspects of serving and helping families in powerfully different ways than those offered the conventional funeral industry. .