TUMBLER RIDGE HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE SOCIETY

A new program is being added to the ?Community information? sector of the Society?s data bank, and is entitled ?Life Narratives?.

The background for this initiative is from a workshop initiated by the Prince George Hospice and Palliative Care Society, which featured Mr. Dan Curtis, M.Ed., CPCC, who, some may remember, created, and delivered, a Series for the CBC entitled ?Bearing Witness?.

The main topic was ?The benefits of Life Narratives to Patients?.

In this work-shop, the Types of Narratives ( Life Review, Reminiscence, Personal History, Ethical Will, Journaling, Scrap booking and Genealogy were covered, as well as ?The Benefits of Life Narratives to Patients?.

These include, as an illustration: * Tell me a little about your life history; particularly the parts that you either remember most, or think are the most important? When did you feel most alive?

* Are there specific things that you would want your family to know about you, and are their particular things you want them to remember?

* What are the most important roles you have played in life?

Family roles, vocational roles, community service roles, etc). Why were they so important to you, and what do you think you accomplished in those roles?

* What are your most important accomplishments, and what do you feel most proud of?

* Are there particular things that you feel still need to be said to your loved ones, or things that you would want to take the time to say again?

* What are your hopes and dreams for your loved ones?

* What have you learned about life that you would want to pass along to others? What advice or words of guidance would you wish to pass along to your {son, daughter, wife, husband, parents, other(s)?

*In creating this permanent record, are there other things that you would like included?

These are some of the highlights of the rendering of a Life Story.

Techniques, types, methods and skills were/are covered.

It is the intention of the Society to make the Community, as a whole, aware that such methods and skills exist to enable families to capture these important moments for their posterity.

As we all are aware, many important features of a life are soon forgotten, and we wish that they were available to pass-on to others in a clear and accurate way ? be it by Video, written word or voice tape.

From an individuals point of view, this endeavour bring to the fore, during the (multi) session(s), memories that the ?Client? as well as family/ friends may contribute to the over-all History.

It also, to the ?Palliative? person, generally provokes a feeling of intense concentration on facets of their life, rather than solely on their present state of mind.

Life, in the human mind, is made up of thoughts and memories, and, when not preserved- somewhere- are gone forever.

Our up-coming discussion/overview will be open for all those interested in learning more about this initiative.

Date: mid-February (20th?) Time: 7:00 P.M. in Room 3,

Community Centre

Society Membership is NOT necessary for this workshop.

New Members are welcomed to become trained ?Volunteers? with a Palliative Care ? Grief Training Sessions Certification. Date for these Training Sessions will be announced following this work-shop.

All accepted ?Volunteers? must pass Police clearance and have signed Confidentiality statements.

If interested in this workshop, or becoming a trained ?Volunteer?, or both, please call and register by February 12, 2007, with:

·Ann Jewra – Coordinator- @ 242-5000,or ( E mail: jewra@pris.ca), or

·Doug Foerster – President- @ 242-5870, or ( E mail: dwhizz@pris.ca), or

* Sherry Berringer- Secretary- @ 242-3369, or E mail: berring@pris.ca