Treading Above Water: Education Series on Death and DyingFree
About this course
This program is offered virtually and open to anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Membership is not required to participate.
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto invites you to join us for our new education series, Treading Above Water. Each week throughout the month of March we will provide virtual educational opportunities to learn from subject matter experts about the difficult topic of death and dying.
Treading Above Water is an opportunity to learn how to process difficult information and plan the best options for you or your loved ones during a period of time when life’s waters are calm, so that you will be able to keep your head above water when life becomes more turbulent and the water gets deep.
Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. -Kofi Annan
This program has been made possible in part with a gift by Janis Rotman
We have partnered with incredible experts who will give you the tools to help support you through difficult decisions and conversations, including:
Beyond Surviving: Engaging in Spirituality to Enhance Resilience with Dorthy Ley Hospice- March 3, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pmRegister
Connect with your spirituality and learn how to become aware of your emotions, values, beliefs to enhance opportunities for meaning making. Identify spiritual questions and resources to engage in them. Create a spiritual bucket list to enhance quality of life and resilience.
Anita Csapo Spiritual Care Coordinator, Dorothy Ley Hospice. Stumbling across Tibetan Buddhism in the 90s, Anita was inspired to become a spiritual care professional after years in the corporate world. She is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked in acute care, community hospitals, long term care and counselling agencies.
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): Eligibility and Application with Dr. Susan Woolhouse- March 16, 2021, 6:00-7:00 pmRegister
You may have read the headlines on Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID) in Canada, but have you wonder who is eligible and what happens when a person makes the decision to access MAID. Join us for an informative talk with Dr. Susan Woolhouse who has been a family physician in Toronto for 17 years and MAID provider for three. The session will have an informational component covering the following: A brief legal history of MAID, MAID demographics, eligibility criteria, the Application process, overview of MAID procedure, followed by a Q&A
Dr. Susan Woolhouse has been a family physician in Toronto for over 17 years. She has been a maid provider for the last three years. She also has a small grief counselling practice supporting children and teens who are experiencing or who have experienced the death and dying of a close person. She is a strong advocate for public education around issues related to grief, death and dying, and medical assistance in dying.
Helping Caregivers Help Children: Tools for Tackling Difficult Conversations- March 24, 2021 6:00-7:00pmRegister
Please join us for a panel conversation as children’s grief and bereavement experts explore common misconceptions about including children in the death and dying process. The discussion will explore common caregiver questions and offer tools for difficult conversations. In addition, the panel will explore common challenges that arise for grieving children and youth and provide strategies for caregivers to promote healthy grief journeys.
Tara Noble, MSW- Greif Therapist, Andrea Andrea Warnick Consulting: Tara has a Master of Social Work degree and for over 20 years, has worked with children, youth and families facing a variety of complex challenges. Currently, Tara has a private counselling practice in Toronto and is a member of the Andrea Warnick Consulting Team.
Nicky Seligman, MSc, CLS- Greif Therapist, Andrea Andrea Warnick Consulting: Nicky joins us from Andrea Warnick Consulting and Heart House Hospice. Nicky has her Master’s degree in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care and practices as a children’s grief counsellor.
Tory Hagerman, BA, CCLS- Family Coordinator, GCGT: Tory currently holds a permanent position with Gilda’s Club of Greater Toronto as the Family Coordinator and Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
Introduction to Advance Care Planning with Dying With Dignity Canada- March 31, 2021 6:00-7:00pmRegister
It’s never too early to start thinking about your end-of-life options. If something unexpected were to happen tomorrow, what care would you want to receive – or not receive? Who would speak on your behalf? These decisions are not easy, and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Join Dying With Dignity Canada-Greater Toronto Area Chapter, to learn the key steps in creating an Advance Care Plan. We will be using the Dying with Dignity Canada “Advance Care Booklet” as a resource.
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