2017 A Time for Real Change
On the horizon looms a potential crisis. As you know our six million baby boomers are ageing and heading for the exit doors at the same time we are experiencing a care aide and nursing shortage as evidenced by a recent study here in British Columbia.
This looming clash of increased demand for long-term care and a significant staff and bed shortages demand that we begin to educate families, neighborhoods, and communities in what to expect when care for our elders falls back on the families as one-third of us will be doing just that; 24/7 care for ageing parents. Teaching people the necessary self-care practices, how to cope with ageing, dying, death, and after death care should be on the forefront of our minds. It is truly time to press doggedly forward with such events as Death Cafes, movie nights, and end of life training programs. Should you care to do so I would be more than happy to talk with you about what sorts of things would be possible for your particular community.
It is time for action and www.aliveindeath.com provides timely training for professionals, volunteers, and family members as we all get ready for new ways to support our ageing and dying loved ones.
In Hind Sight – How the Fall of 2016 Went
Well, it was a full fall season for us here at We Can Die Better. We continued to publish our weekly articles, aired our regular weekly radio show Death Matters Live on CFRO 100.5 fm, launched Alive in Death training for healthcare providers and offered workshops in Vancouver, Calgary, and Campbell River.
We Can Die Better magazine now has a wide selection of articles archived on our site www.wecandiebetter.com ranging in topics from dying and death, the journey of grief, alternative funeral services, celebrations of life, to end of life planning and our recent series on caregiver burnout.
Our radio show Death Matters Live is now well into our second year and we have a great number of radio shows with amazing guests and wonderful information on all topics related to dying, death, and grief that can be located within the archives of www.coopradio.org . Our team of five co-hosts continues to bring important and relevant issues regarding death to the airwaves each and every Wednesday at 12:00 noon PST.
Alive in Death training for healthcare providers was piloted in the late summer and is now available online at www.aliveindeath.com . It is designed to provide those working in the healthcare system with great information, helpful insights, and supportive self-care practices that improve attendance, performance, and career satisfaction by helping learners manage the emotions that naturally arise from loss and death of those they serve.
Our workshop series Bringing Death Back to Life offers communities the opportunity to discuss and learn about dying and death in a way that encourages community participation in this important aspect of life. We offer communities a package of events that include hosting a Death Café, a dying and death movie night along with a two-day workshop. Contact us at Stephen@embraceyourdeath.com for more information.
Early in 2017 we will be publishing Chemosabe and Taunto – Riding Side Saddle with Cancer an intimate look at what happens inside a family when the unwanted guest, cancer, comes knocking. Look for it this spring.
Wishing you well during the Holiday Season.
We Can Die Better Team