Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Conversations Worth Having - 7. Reflections

the Children's Garden at Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph, January 2017
photo by Randy Sutherland

Remember the Conversing About Death episode? A recording from the art show Death Perspectives aired, as well as a discussion with Death Doula Marion Wilms. In the Reflections episode we hear from the other host of our local Death Cafes, and get the chat going by playing a game I took away from that powerful, inspirational art exhibit.

You will hear, in this interview with Christine Lafazanous about the gifts of ritual and ceremony, and how to create space to pause and reflect on meaningful events and connections of our lives. As well as a great tune from Hazel Dickens  "Just let me live, love, let me cry, but when I go just let me die
Among the friends who'll remember when I'm gone."

-- Enjoy,
Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Monday, February 06, 2017

Ep 6? Conversations Worth Having ~ Five Wishes

photo by Randy Sutherland, Guelph, 2017
When is one’s death reasonably foreseeable? My dad has always said “We’re all gonna die of something” and you'll hear my parents' actual voices in this episode!!

You know this stat right? 10/10 of us are going to die.  

As one’s life changes, and one's unique health condition evolves, one’s hopes change.  

For someone with a terminal illness, at first they might want to survive it.  Then they may want to survive it at least for some amount of time. Then they may start to wish at least for a good death…  hopes change.  

Thanks for tuning in to a Conversations Worth Having series on aging and death -- aimed at helping you discuss hopes and wishes on important topics with others.  This time, we will hear from Jennifer Mackie, an expert on Medical Assistance in Dying... and give a listen to Neon Tombstone from the Wood Brothers.

We will also hear an excerpt of another CFRU program - Clan a gael - from Hallowe'en, and a day the host John dedicated a song to this project, to called "Finnegan's Wake."

enjoy! Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Ep 3 Conversations Worth Having ~ The Rest is Yet To Come

Here is another wintry photo from the Blog guelph group on flicker, to go with the 3rd episode in the radio show series, that aired on CFRU. Please listen as Scotty shares his story about an aging and ultimately dying parent, their experience with Long Term Care and more.

“If you needed assistance going to the washroom today, who would you ask for help?”

This guest would rather pass away than live in some of the places he checked out for his father.  
His advice is, if you plan to get elderly, have a plan.
The musical track is from Jim Guthrie, The Rest is Yet To Come.

~ Kim Logue-like-Vogue

Friday, February 03, 2017

Conversations Worth Having ~ Conversing About Death (+ Musical Reflections)

Welcome to the Conversing About Death Episode.  In this edition we are in discussion with an active RN, and, contemplative end of life coach, Marion Willms.  Community care is very bumpy in a system with resources already stretched; not to mention the impending demographics of the gray wave or silver tsunami. We touch on a challenging situation for healthcare, and how hospital beds cost $1600 per day, with 15% of them being used by people who just can't go home.

I like posting audio I produce at cfru, after it has aired, instead of before, because of all the wonderful additional psa content.  So, here is said link to my favourite "hoofbeats radio" show from 2017 so far....comprised of the 4th & 5th half hour shows in the new series.

How old were you when you first realized you would die?
How do you want to die?
Can you imagine being subjected to aggressive, life-prolonging medical interventions that you do not want?
Or, are you worried they might pull the plug too early?
What does pain mean to you
What's important to you in terms of symptom management?
Are you aware of CCAC yet?

Please enjoy the sounds and smells of your own home while you listen.  Are your pets tuned in too?
Please start discussions about how or where you want to die, with the others in your life. These chats should happen earlier and, more often, about their ever-changing wishes too…

The Musical Reflections are songs from the Avett Brothers.  Some of my favourites were "Life ain't forever and lunch isn't free/ Loved ones will break your heart with or without you" and “When my body won't hold me anymore/ And it finally lets me free/ Where will I go?”

Kim Logue-like-Vogue

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