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Living with Dying screening is Sunday

Breaking through our death-phobic culture: There's an in-person screening of the video series, Living with Dying, on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt
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Petrina Wing, a palliative care nurse, in a scene from Living With Dying.

The Sunshine Coast Hospice Society is hosting an in-person screening of the video series, Living with Dying, on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at St Hilda’s Anglican Church in Sechelt. Shot entirely on the Sunshine Coast, this six-part video series, which premiered in April, is the work of the creative filmmaking team of Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami (including cinematography, sound and editing) and was produced by the Hospice Society.  

It is an intimate glimpse into the personal experience of a number of local people, all immersed in the impact of life-limiting illness, some as caregivers and others with catastrophic illness themselves. The wisdom of Indigenous teachings is woven throughout the film thanks to the generous participation of shíshálh Elder, Monata Bev Dixon. 

The result is inspiring, heart-warming, engaging and deeply personal. The people in the film bring viewers into the heart of their world as they share some tender reflections on what living with dying really means. 

Since the premiere, Living with Dying, has had more than 1,500 views across Canada and around the world receiving comments such as: “Packed with hope, love and humanity”; “You created a work of art that expresses something beyond its assembled elements for an experience that speaks to the heart/mind”;  “Feel my joy, feel my sorrow, feel my applause. Feel my gratitude.” 

We live in a death-phobic culture in which many people shy away from discussing death, even though it is something we all inevitably face.  

It is important that we welcome the subjects of death and grief into our conversations so that we can lessen our fear. Following the screening, some of the people featured in the film will participate in dialogue with the audience. 

Everyone is welcome. Admission is by donation. 

The event is sponsored by the law firm of Flemming and Sombrowski. 

For more information, please call 604-740-0475 or visit www.coasthospice.com.

 

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