Dealing with transitions and loss takes more than pulling up one’s bootstraps and moving on.
Century House is teaming up with the Camp Kerry Society on an afternoon of conversation on Living With Transitions, Loss and Change. Seniors who are experiencing feelings of frustration, anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, emptiness or loneliness are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The New Westminster-based Camp Kerry Society supports people going through transitions, such as living with illness or grief. For the upcoming session at Century House, its team of registered nurses, counsellors, social workers, mediators, music therapists, art therapists, artists, educators and volunteers will help people explore life’s transitions with a greater sense of curiosity, openness and compassion.
“We wanted to create a workshop format that would let people come together,” said Heather Mohan, the society’s executive director. “We have a team of very awesome counsellors with very different kinds of backgrounds. We work in teams so we are going to bring a group of them to facilitate this workshop.”
Mohan said the event is part of an ongoing process to create spaces where people can talk about these very difficult topics. She said the B.C. Centre for Palliative Care, which provided a grant for the project, aims to create places where people can have these conversations.
“We are definitely trying to bring people together so they feel less isolated. Century House does that really well,” Mohan said. “What we are trying to do is make it a space where it is OK to say these are some of the challenges that are happening, and to bring some different ideas about ways to approach those challenges.”
Living With Transition, Loss and Change costs $5 and includes coffee, tea and a light lunch. Pre-registration is required in person at Century House or by calling 604-519-1066.