Theme of the Show: Living Into Dying Guest: Glen Hodges, Cemetery Manager, Mountainview Cemetery Lead Host: Abegael Fisher-Lang
Discussion of green burial and other relevant topics. Vancouver’s only cemetery is located west of Fraser St, between 31st Ave and 43rd Ave. Owned and operated by the City of Vancouver since 1886, Mountain View is made up of 106 acres of land with approximately 92,000 grave sites and 145,000 interred remains.
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”.
Sharon Simpson spends her days providing leadership and service to elderly seniors at BC’s largest campus of care, Menno Place, in Abbotsford, BC. More than 700 seniors live on the campus receiving levels of support, including medical, spiritual, dietary, recreational and relational support. Sharon draws strength and wisdom from this amazing group of elders – most of whom are in their 80’s and 90’s. It’s no surprise to these seniors that they are coming to the end of their time on earth. Death, dying and loss is an important part of conversations on the campus – with seniors and their families.
You can read Sharon Simpson’s articles on seniors in The Light Magazine, the Abbotsford News, The Garden Park Journal and at the BC Care Providers website.
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: Keeping Vigil Guest: Ingrid Schultz, Chaplain, Menno Place Lead Host: Sharon Simpson
Menno Place is BC’s largest campus-of-care for seniors with over 700 seniors on 11 acres across from the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Ingrid Schultz is one of the chaplains who brings spiritual support to those who request it at the end of life.
Until We Meet Again Pet Memorial Center
How do you define ‘family’? For many of us, the vision of “family” simply must include our pets. And most of us are committed to caring for these companions as well as we care for the human members of our family.
The passing of a beloved pet brings the need to make two very important decisions. The first involves letting go, where you choose pet cremation or burial–a decision which can hinge on any number of practical factors. The second involves creating the opportunity to say “goodbye” in a meaningful way.
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.