The first Home Funeral Practicum took place on
Mother’s Day 2015 outside Kitchener-Waterloo, ON
with a passionate crowd of seventeen. My friend and colleague Kory McGrath of Toronto and myself, Don Morris, wanted to share our knowledge and experience from 33 combined years of commercial funeral directing to empower others to reclaim family led deathcare. We heard it was a rewarding and uplifting event! Since then I’ve taken the practicum home to BC, on to Squamish, Nelson, and Calgary joining there with Sara Kerr.
Host, Stephen Garrett shares authentically about his first Christmas without his brother, Peter. Peter passed away September 17, 2015. As Stephen says, “The seasons of firsts without Peter has begun…”
The year after a loved one has passed is full of firsts – first time without them at Easter, at their birthday, on Grey Cup Day, Thanksgiving this list is never ending. These notable dates for the first year can be daunting and full of pregnant silences if we don’t recognize they are coming. If we don’t prepare and plan for them given our loved one will not be there and it will be painfully obvious by the awkwardness in the home.
Today’s show helps to prepare you for the season of firsts with an emphasis on the ch
Theme of the Show: The Stuff of Life and Death – Clutter and Clearing
Guest: Lucy Sharpe, Owner Sharpe Organizing Solutions
Lead Host: Stephen Garrett
The ‘stuff’ we collect over a lifetime often causes challenges for the entire family when it comes to getting rid of or gifting our ‘stuff’ to others. Many people miss the fact that the ‘stuff’ of our lives has significant underlying value to the owner, a value often missed by family and friends. Lucy Sharpe and Stephen Garrett unmask clutter and turn it into a legacy.
Create A Life to Die For and a Death Worth Living For!
When you first meet Stephen, you know you are meeting a man who lives life fully. A genuine heart and commitment to Life have produced in Stephen the qualities of a warrior: integrity, strength, leadership, kindness, and wisdom.
Stephen has experienced success in life as a teacher, an investment banker, a social worker, and author. His greatest achievement though is his courage in the midst of adversity. Along with his success, Stephen has faced tremendous loss and difficulty in his life. What makes Stephen as a man more profound than his many accomplishments is his choice to remain open, loving and steadfast in the midst of hardship.
What truly makes the mark of this man is his lifetime of service. Stephen exudes what is possible when you live your life in alignment with your own deepest purpose. He lives from the Truth he has discovered within. He makes it possible for others to do the same. Stephen is known for his exceptional commitment to each and every person that crosses his path.
Stephen’s heart’s passion and life energy is focussed on changing the conversation we have about death from one of fear and denial to one of embrace and inspiration.
Theme of the Show: Death Midwife Guest: Sarah Kerr, Soul Passages Lead Host: Stephen Garrett
Soul Passages I love what I do, and I bring an open-hearted practicality to it. I join my clients in some very intimate and personal experiences, and I do so with respect, humility, compassion, and awe. I offer a calm and stable presence in what are often intense emotional situations. I know when to be serious, and when laughter is the medicine that’s needed. I am deeply committed to individual and community healing.