Theme of the Show: Post-Death Care and Home Funerals – Part 1 Guest: Ruth Tschannen, Heidi Bouche – www.InTheParlor.com Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Since time began, people in all cultures have cared for the dying, and created ceremonies to honour their transitions. There is now a renaissance of interest in the wisdom of ancient death traditions and renewal of older death practices appropriate to our modern-day life. Today we speak with film-maker Heidi Boucher, creator of the documentary In the Parlor the Final Goodbye which celebrates the wisdom of home funerals. Ruth Tschannen has participated in countless home funerals in her work with Camphill Villages in three countries.
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: 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: 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: 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. .
Theme of the Show: Life’s Losses…and Unattended Sorrow Guest: Manuel Salgado, Certified Psychotherapist and Clinical Counsellor – www.ManuelSalgado.ca Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Our special guest today was Dawn Schooler, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the owner of Jericho Counselling Clinics with locations in Vancouver and Burnaby. Dawn has been working as a counsellor, coach, and teacher for more than 25 years. Dawn is passionate about making counselling more accessible to everyone who wishes to begin the journey. Excellent conversations about grief and how it can lead to depression, how people with depression deal with grief and what steps does a person take to seek help and what help is available. What can we do to support a person suffering from depression especially after a loss a loved one. The deeper the love the deeper the grief. Enjoy the show.
Richard Therrien, an accomplished writer and editor living in North Vancouver, recently completed a cycle of poems about his brother’s passing.
Sleeping in Tall Grass centres around Prairie nature & family life, memory and longing. It has just been published by the prestigious University of Alberta Press in the Robert Kroetsch Series.
Richard will be in the studio with us, talking about the art and play of poetry in the midst of ‘big life events’. We will hear some exquisite poems and explore the themes of poetic practice, therapeutic writing and how language can inform our experiences of death and dying.
Theme of the Show: Extraordinary Palliative Care Guest: Dr. Marylene Kyriazix and Dr. Paul Sugar of the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation in North Vancouver www.paulsugarfoundation.com www.palliativecare.ca Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Recently opened on Vancouver’s North Shore, the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation is already renowned for its’ excellence in facilitating palliative care, and for supporting those with advanced illness, and their families, in a wide range of modalities.
The Vision of the Foundation is….. that no one endures serious illness without respect, dignity and comfort regardless of economic circumstance.
Today we converse with the two lead doctors of the PSPSF.
Theme of the Show: Doctor Assisted Dying Guest: John Aldag MP for Cloverdale-Langley, www.JohnAldagMP.ca Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Easter Week and pondering the process of death and dying. The recent Supreme Court ruling to move ahead with doctor assisted dying is a provocative topic, and a new federal policy. New MP John Aldag describes it as the most important new policy for the Liberal gov’t. He serves on the Special Joint Committee for Doctor Assisted Dying and was part of the team that prepared the report; Medical Assistance in Dying: A patient Centred Approach.
Stephen met John at a recent Death Cafe in Maple Ridge and invited him onto the show. Today Stephen, Mara and Abegael will discuss the many salient points of this new policy. What are the strengths and the concerns?
Theme of the Show: Re Imagining Ceremony Guest: Cheryl Pedley Life Cycle Celebrant Nanaimo BC Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Planning a ceremony – Latin for ‘sacred’ – at the end of life brings up a number of big questions to us. How can we celebrate a lifetime of joys and sorrows in a meaningful way? We may decide against the traditional forms of previous generations, but replacing them may be a challenge. Or liberating. Today we talk about preparing for and celebrating our beloveds in meaningful ways.
Bringing Death Back to Life Wednesdays at 12pm PST on Vancouver Coop Radio CRFO 100.5 FM