Rhythms of Grief

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Be part of a special evening filled with heartfelt stories and beautiful poetry punctuated by the music of the Homegoing Brass Band.

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We grieve.

We grieve for what was. For what is absent. Lost. Gone.

We grieve for the could-have-been’s and should-have-been’s. For the possibilities that will never be.

Welcome to Rhythms of Grief.

Special speakers read a poem (or short prose) that expresses their personal journey with grief. Each speaker will give a short background to connect the poem with their personal story.

Our speakers are storytellers, educators, health practitioners, and artists - folks who, like you and me, have been touched by death and loss in some ways.

For photos and bios of our speakers, please visit our Facebook Events page.

They are Stephen Garrett, Zed Payne, Carl Weibe, Rev. Marnie Peterson, Jennifer Lorca, Susan Cormier, Lianne Palminrose.

Co-hosts: Wade Lifton and iris paradela-hunter.

Our Intentions

● To acknowledge, own and honour our grief as an essential aspect of our humanity, not to be denied, ignored or avoided.

● To bring together a community in the spirit of openness, care, and wholehearted support.

● To experience the healing balm of music, poetry and prose.

Registration is required for this online FREE event.

There is an opportunity to donate.

As we all know, artists have been impacted a lot during this pandemic. 100% of the donation will go to Vancouver Story Slam. Click here to donate to a local, grassroots group that brings entertaining, inspiring evening of storytelling in East Van! Please note that there is no obligation to donate, just the opportunity.

Find out more about the wonderful Homegoing Brass Band here. Below is a video of the Homegoing Brass Band in a celebration at the Christ Church Cathedral last year.

Rhythms of Grief is presented to you by

KORU Cremation | Burial | Ceremony™

Deathcare Redefined, Ceremony ReImagined

Special thanks to Willow End of Life Education & Planning for their support.

This event is part of the Canada-wide Swan Song Festival organized by Community Deathcare Canada.

This year's theme is "Honoring our Grief."

To find out more about Community Deathcare Canada and to know more about their work, check out their page here.

#HonouringOurGrief

#SwanSongFestival

#SwanSongFestival2020

#CommunityDeathcareCanada

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