The awkward topic of death and how to communicate with your family and friends will be the forefront of discussion at two upcoming events called "I Just Showed Up", hosted by the Huron Shores Hospice.
Registered Nurse, TEDx Speaker and Award Winning Author - Yvonne Heath, will be speaking at the free events which will take place on October 28 at the Bruce County Museum in Southampton at 7 pm and October 29 at Kincardine's Davidson Centre (New Seniors Room) at 10am; to teach attendees how to accept death and how to 'just show up' for ourselves and each other in times of crisis.
Heath says she will talk about the "elephant in the room" which is grief, death and dying.
"If we plan and prepare long before we are facing grief...life challenges and end of life; we can empower ourselves and create reseliance."
Heath says if one is facing their remaining days; they should have the conversation with themselves first.
"Get things in order in your own life and your end of life plan....then it's easier to approach others...call it what it is...it's an awkward conversation."
Heath says we need to reframe the idea about death because its really for those who're left and those who're grieving.
"We need to see it as a celebration of life... and connect and support each other through that."
Heath says for some witnessing friends and family going through hard times, one may find them avoiding the situation, but through her decades of nursing she says its best if people show acts of kindness.
She says just being present, even if you don't know what to say is comforting and just allow "all feelings".
"Just sitting with them and showing up...that's what makes the difference."
The presentations are apart of the Hospices' new programming that aims to normalize the conversation around death and dying. It has been funded through the Government of Canada's New Horizon Seniors Grant.
Those interested are asked to RSVP to Cathy@huronshorehospice.ca