Does our culture in Australia deny death?
How do we talk about it? What does it mean to live well, then die well?
In a series of discussions with though leaders on the topic of grief, dying and death, Hopewell Hospice, an award winning end of life care facility and the only free-standing hospice on the Gold Coast is hosting an evening with international speaker and author, Stephen Jenkinson. This is the first event for 2017 where members of the Gold Coast Community can hear and discuss differing views on dying and death.
Stephen Jenkinson is a Harvard-educated theologian, culture activist, founder of the Orphan Wisdom School and also the subject of a documentary film, Griefwalker. He comes with teachings of the ramshackling kind, about honour and grace under pressure, about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance and about how we might learn from our darkening times. Having worked with hundreds of dying people and their families, care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers, he often witnessed a 'wretched anxiety' at the end of life. His inquiry led him to examine the dominant culture and how we could approach dying, death and grief in a different way.
Following last year's international book tour (Die Wise), Stephen Jenkinson is touring Australia with Nights of Grief and Mystery, bringing together a storyteller and a musician (Gregory Hoskins) for an evening of discussion and enlightenment, dappled by magic and wonder.
“I had no idea what lay ahead of me, apart from my naive expectations. I sat quietly, with a bit of a childlike curiosity and excitement to be in a dark room, with piercing words hung gently on musical notes – with a precision so accurate, my breath was stopped many a time. This was big. Everything about it. To me – Magical. Enlightening. Piercing. Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.” ~ RB (audience member on the Night of Grief & Mystery tour)
Hopewell is a non-profit, community-based, Incorporated Association providing the Gold Coast’s only free-standing and award winning hospice, as well as other educational, counselling and support programs.
Founded by Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM and Anglican Lay Chaplain Deirdre Hanna, Hopewell was established at Hope Island in 1994 to specifically care for those who are at the end stage of life. We are now located in a beautiful custom built 8 bed residence in Arundel. The Hospice is adjacent to Paradise Kids, a division of the charity also founded by Deirdre and Ian and at this site, Hopewell is now able to offer a diverse range of community services.
The emphasis at Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible in a home-like environment. Family and friends are welcomed, and encouraged to become part of the Hopewell community. To help create the homely environment, the grounds have been landscaped to create a Healing Garden where people can experience connection with the natural world and its multi-sensory elements.
What grows in a garden is not just plants but the human spirit itself. It makes community happen. Matthew Fox
Through Hopewell Hospice Services people receive physical, social, emotional and spiritual care and support in the final stage of life. The emphasis of Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible, in a homelike environment, whatever people’s circumstances.
We want to support as many people both within the hospice and through our outreach program. As an Australian registered charity Hopewell Hospice and it’s ‘sibling’ charity Paradise Kids rely on the support from the wider community to continue the valuable work that we do. There are many different ways of keeping us strong from:
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“A night of being bathed in sound, tendrils of song winding through the words of a steward of deep wonder; at times a distant wail, and then a love song breathed right into the ear. These two skilled practitioners of rhythm could teach a stone to swim…” ~ AS
“I had no idea what lay ahead of me, apart from my naive expectations. With a heavy heart that Mr. Cohen’s days in person are now gone, I sat quietly, with a bit of a childlike curiosity and excitement to be in a dark room, with piercing words hung gently on musical notes – with a precision so accurate, my breath was stopped many a time. This was big. Everything about it. To me – Magical. Enlightening. Piercing. There is a brilliance that shone that late Saturday night – and I pray that the light continues to shine for many many nights to come. Bravo. Hearts Broken. Hearts Mended. All on one Dark, Luminous Night.” ~ RB
“A rich and powerfully nuanced evening woven together by deep storytelling, wondering and music. I laughed , I cried and watched as the night unfolded, a room full of strangers, that perhaps by the end of he evening, did not feel so much like strangers anymore. What Stephen and Gregory were able to conjure is something rare and mysterious. A true gift…” ~ ZD
“Toss all the big questions up in air and then listen to masterful and wise wonderings offered by Stephen Jenkinson and echoed in the rhythmic musings of Gregory Hoskins. An evening like no other and not to be missed” ~ BB
Listen to Stephen’s interview with Dr. Rachael Kohn on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for more insights about his work. link
Watch Lost Nation Road, the trailer for Stephen’s upcoming film about his recent tour with Gregory Hoskins. link
Date and Time
Griffith Uni, GC -Student Guild Function Centre
The Link (G07), University Drive
Southport, Gold Coast, QLD