Category Archives: Mara


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Theme of the Show: Conversation with all five hosts
Guest: Stephen Garrett, Jeffrey Young, Sharon Simpson, Mara Lees, Abegael Fisher-Lang
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett

Listen in to the five hosts of Death Matters Live as they discuss their learnings about death, dying and loss in 2015 – and share their plans and insights for 2016.


Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Theme of the Show: An Awakening from the Brink of Death
Guest: Melissa and Jason Hughes
Lead Host: Mara Lees

In 2014, Jason was involved in a serious car crash. He suffered brain damage and horrific injuries to his body. In a coma in the hospital, the news was grim. He was not expected to live. Should he awaken, he would be in a vegetated state for the rest of his life kept alive by machines. Very little hope of survival.
Melissa was Jason’s fiancé. She remained by his side daily… encouraging Jason to fight for his life. Melissa went beyond just “hope”, her intent was Jason would wake up. Her only fear was, he would not remember her. Against all odds….Jason began to respond and awaken after a month. How did he survive….Melissa and Jason will tell you…it was the power of the devotion and deep eternal love they shared with each other. Listen as this courageous man plays his guitar and sings the song he wrote called. Struggle.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Theme of the Show: Planning for the End of Life
Guest: Nicole Renwick, Executive Director for the Memorial Society of British Columbia –
Lead Host: Mara Lees

The Memorial Society of British Columbia has been around since the fifties. The purposes of the Society is to assist members in advance of death for the disposition of their remains. To assist and support the bereaved in making the arrangements. The society ensures the availability of affordable funeral arrangements through written contracts with selected funeral service providers. For a wealth of information and lists of resources go to


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Theme of the Show: Loss from Suicide
Guest: Bikers Against Child Abuse: Mad Dog, President of Chapter for Fraser Valley; Two Bears, President of Chapter for Vancouver, BACA Worldwide
Lead Host: Mara Lees

Bikers Against Child Abuse
An organization that seeks to make a difference in the lives of our youth  by empowering them to speak out, not to be afraid of the world they live in – and by doing that hopefully preventing the pain that can lead to suicide.

Mara Lees, Celebrant

IMG_6064Mara Lees

Over my lifetime, I have experience the loss of loved ones and close friends by illnesses and suicide. I have experienced the terrible fear when held hostage by bank robbers. Moving to British Columbia for a new life, I put the fear and that experience behind me. While working for the Federal Government, I was involved in a serious car crash that left me disabled. With the diagnosis, I would never be able to walk unassisted; I turned my anger and frustration into determination. Today I walk unassisted. Completing a one-year Graphic Arts course, I was also able to express my feelings of change through art. I then completed a certified course in Cross Cultural and Independent Counselling with the goal of helping those who had suffered trauma.

I was a volunteer member of the RCMP Victim Service Unit for many years. However, changing direction it has been a pleasure and a joy to bring couples together in the union of marriage. A community service as a Marriage Commissioner.
Over the years, I have written life stories for funerals and celebrations of life, celebrated couples renewing their wedding vows and written ceremonies for those who wished to express their commitment to each other.

I am excited to be a member and a colleague of a team of compassionate and caring hosts on Death Matters Live program.
For…”if for just one moment in time, the pain of suffering, despair or sorrow eased or the program has touched one person’s life… then one goal reached”.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Theme of the Show: Inaugural Show
Guest: Introductions to the Hosts
Hosts: Stephen Garrett, Jeffrey Young, Abegael Fisher-Lang, Mara Lees, Sharon Simpson

Death Matters Live Radio Show
Five hosts with a wealth of experience come together on Death Matters Live Radio Show to bring to life the topic of death, dying and loss.