Category Archives: Stephen


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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.

Its exciting to explore all avenues with our listeners and welcome your feed back at or on our Facebook page.

Inspired by this show, a friend wrote this poem:

Death Matters

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


Wednesday, May 25

Theme of the Show: Death and Grief in the Workplace
Guest: Sharon Malmberg
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett

What place does death have in the work environment and what can we begin doing to change how we support our co-workers who have suffered the death of a family member.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Theme of the Show: A Nurse’s Perspective on Dying and Death
Guest: Yvonne Heath, Registered Clinical counsellor and owner of Jericho Counselling Services –
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett

We had a lively and engaging conversation about how dying and death are generally perceived in a hospital setting and we could be done to make dying a bit more human.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Theme of the Show: Patient Advocacy
Guest: Connie Jorsvik, BSN – Patient Care Advocate –
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett

Patients, particularly at the time of terminal diagnosis are often in need of an advocate to be both their eyes and ears. Connie discussed with us the importance of having an advocate attend important medical meetings and appoints in order that the patient both hear what is being said to them and that they are in turn heard by the medical system. Connie plays an important role in ensuring accurate and meaningful conversations take place.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Theme of the Show: Parents of Children with Terminal Cancer
Guest: Steve Dolling, Author and Parent
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett

Steve wrote a book entitled I’ll Shave My Head Too! all about the life of a parent and a family that walk with their young son along his 6 year journey with cancer. Steve spoke candidly about his personal experiences of what it was like fathering his dying young son.


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.