THE DEATH SHOW
Stephen Jenkinson — Spiritual Activist, Teacher, Author & CeremonialistWith Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), Stephen Jenkinson is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well. Apprenticed to a master storyteller, he has worked extensively with dying people and their families, is former programme director in a major Canadian hospital, former assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school, consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations and educator and advocate in the helping professions. He is the author of Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions – a live recorded teaching, How it All Could Be: A work book for dying people and those who love them, Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – a live recorded teaching , and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation, and contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies. Stephen Jenkinson is also the subject of the feature length documentary film Griefwalker (National Film Board of Canada), a lyrical, poetic portrait of his work with dying people.
Peter Baldwin Panagore — Author of Heaven Is Beautiful: How Dying Taught Me That Death Is Just The BeginningIn the tradition of Heaven Is for Real (with a twist of Into Thin Air), Heaven is Beautiful is a new book that explores what really happens when we die. In March 1980, Peter Panagore went ice climbing on the world-famous Lower Weeping Wall, along the Ice Fields Parkway in Banff National Park in Alberta. His climbing partner was an experienced ice climber, but Panagore was a novice. On their descent, they became trapped on the side of the mountain. As the sun set, Panagore was overcome by exhaustion and hypothermia and died on the side of that mountain. In his minutes on the other side, he experienced hell, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Heaven was beautiful. In Heaven Is Beautiful, Panagore explores how his near death experience (NDE) changed his life and resulted in an intense spiritual journey that has continued for decades. It impelled him to pursue a master’s degree at Yale Divinity School focusing on systematic theology and Christian mysticism. His educational background coupled with 30 years of yogic and meditative practice and 20 years of professional work with the dying and grieving has given him unique insight, language, and perspective on heaven, God, death, life, love, beauty, and hope. In Panagore's own words: “This book is about hope. It is meant to provide real hope to the dying, hope to the fearful, hope to the hopeless, hope to the grieving.”
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Dr. Naheed Dosani — Founder of PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless)Naheed Dosani is a Palliative Care & Family Physician at Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System. He recently completed his fellowship in Palliative Medicine at the University of Toronto and prior to that, his Residency in inner-city Family Medicine, where he served as Co-Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing his training, he founded PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), ICHA's newest program. He is a researcher, with projects underway investigating the impact of housing on health, social media as a tool for communication among healthcare providers and palliative care for heart failure patients. He teaches medical students & residents, serves on the Board of Directors for the Agincourt Community Services Association and is on the steering committee Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP). Naheed is passionate about the social determinants of health, inner city health, global health equity and social media. (You can follow Naheed on Twitter @NaheedD)
John Underwood — Founder Of Death CafeJon founded Death Cafe in 2011, offering group directed conversation about death in 31 countries. He is also a Funeral Advisor with the Natural Death Centre, a 'Trip Advisor' for the funeral industry and works with Find Me Help with Dying Matters, UK's most comprehensive directory of services for dying people and their families, carers and friends.
AND... Linda Stuart — Founder of Toronto Death CafeLinda Stuart is Life-Cycle Celebrant specializing in funerals and weddings who creates and performs one-of-a-kind ceremonies for life’s milestone occasions. She has always been a Celebrant at heart, organizing celebrations, designing ceremonies, and reinventing rituals for as long as she can remember. Her longtime connection with the bereaved, coupled with her passion for Celebrancy, led her to found the Toronto Death Café, a space where people gather to discuss death in order to better understand how to make the most of their finite lives. The Death Café concept illuminates Linda’s belief that we as humans can’t come close to understanding the meaning of life if we’re not willing to explore the reality of death. Linda frequently speaks to funeral professionals about the importance of personalized memorials, particularly for families who have lost children. She also serves as chair of The Unforgettables Fund Toronto Chapter, an organization providing financial assistance for the costs of a dignified funeral to families caring for dying children.
Paul Moore36 year old Paul Moore and his beautiful wife, Joni, are the parents of two daughters, Ellie and Reese. They are 3 and 5 years old and both on the autism spectrum. Paul was diagnosed with kidney cancer just a few months ago and has bravely faced every challenge with a strong will and a positive outlook. Since his diagnosis, the cancer has progressed despite multiple surgeries and excruciating treatments which have included a hip replacement, kidney removal, and a surgery to remove tumors from his head. Through it all, Joni has been by his side. She has cheered him on, has shown love and support, and has done everything a wife and mother can do to sustain them through their darkest days. In August 2015, Paul was told he had just a few months left to live.
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This Week's Recording Artist: Kevin KomisarukCHECK THIS VIDEO OUT
Kevin Komisaruk (D.Mus, M.Mus, B.Mus, McGill) is a Canadian-American historical keyboard musician based at the University of Toronto since 2003. His scholarship explores intersections between performance practice, rhetoric, flow theory, and improvisation, and how these impact the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of artists and listeners. In practice he develops applications for advanced musical performance in medicine, especially palliative care, exploring the relevance of minute interpretative variables such as timing, phrasing, instrument tone, and performer intention in developing complementary therapies for pain and anxiety.
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Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few Topics!Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic!
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This week on The Pub Crawl: Carla Collins – Comedian, Actor, Writer, TV/Radio Host www.carlacollins.com
1/ Are you afraid of death? Or dying? Do you think how you feel about death affects how you grieve for others?
Would you like to be cremated or buried in a casket? Would you like a traditional funeral or would you rather use the services of www.iwantafunfuneral.com? Some feel that death is a taboo subject and still prefer the black clothes and mourning, the religious rituals and cultural traditions. While others would prefer to have a party and hire a comedian, have balloons and booze, perhaps take the body golfing one last time. But maybe both are still just different ways to sterilize death. Most of us do whatever we can to push grief away. Why are we so afraid of death?
2/ Should death be part of the primary school curriculum? When is the right age to begin preparing children for death? Parents seem to be concerned about Ontario's new sex ed curriculum, but is the subject of death even more taboo than sex? Why? Will it do a child irrevocable harm to explain to them that everyone dies, including them? Or can we learn from other cultures who don't shelter their children from inevitability of death?
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