An old man was walking on the beach one morning after a storm. In the distance he could see someone moving like a dancer.
As he came closer, he saw it was a young woman picking up starfish and gently throwing them into the ocean. "Young lady, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I do not throw them in they will die," she said.
"But young lady, do you not realize there are many miles of beach and thousands of starfish? You cannot possibly make a difference."
The young woman listened politely, then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea.
"It made a difference for that one."
- adapted from the original by Loren Eiseley
Here's what participants have to say ...
"Unique" "Skilled Facilitator" "Super Knowledgable"
" Informative" "Thought Provoking" "Captivating" "Empowering"
"Makes you more comfortable"
Grief & Loss Support ...
"helped me through the most difficult of times of my life"
"challenges you to be the best you"
"learned things I never knew about myself"
Co-Sponsor & participation ...
"skilled in facilitating conversations that might be uncomfortable, but help us become comfortable"
"so important for our world today"
"conversations so important for our happiness and for our living"
"What an informative and thought-provoking evening!"
"Karen is an amazing and compassionate coach working with Life & Death discussions with such an open heart that you will be AMAZED how the uncomfortable can become comfortable."
"So excited to be learning from other perspectives that shift mine."
"Who thought talking about death could be fun, and empowering."
"Karen, you're a blessing, thank you for shining and sharing your light!"
"I have never been so inspired to make changes as right now."
"Jo-Anne and Karen's "Seriously Let's Talk!" Death Conversation Game was a very interactive way to learn about death and dying. It not only made me think, it also brought back many pleasant memories of people whom I have lost. There was no sadness or remorse, in fact there was humor, and lots of ideas from the participants that were very helpful and useful. Jo-Anne and Karen have a great thing going here!"
"Jo-Anne and Karen have found a way to take a difficult subject and make it more than palatable by blending talking points, and quizzes with opportunities for questions and discussion. One comes away feeling educated about preparation for death and dying, and the importance of taking care of our arrangements in advance. All of this is done with a mixture of compassion and light humour, making it easier to feel comfortable asking questions and retaining the information provided. I cannot think of a kinder and more supportive way of facing our own demise and ensuring that our departure will not create a burden for our loved ones"
Bonita Kay Summers - Spirit Kelowna Psychic Coaching & Counselling
"I have really enjoyed the relaxed setting and the way that these serious conversations have been made a very light hearted and fun exercise. It encourages the participants to engage in conversation around death and dying and what our wishes would be...
It stimulates us to think of things that we otherwise would not even have thought of...
these games and questions have really brought out a greater need to commit to doing this...
This game has also brought up the thoughts of, “Do I really want someone to make those decisions, and what would I really want for my final hurrah”. Such good questions and thoughts for us all."
Cheryl Dirks - Registered Massage Therapist
"Great opportunity for anyone who is interested in exploring your feelings around death. These women are skilled and funny! Games like these cards are a great way to spark some of the most interesting conversations." - Your End of Life Doula
Our business, Kettle Valley Memorial was blessed with the opportunity to sponsor The Reality of Our Mortality Learning Circle- The Holistic End of Life Checklist.
Both Jo-Anne (of End of Life Alternatives) and Karen Hendrickson, Take the Journey are extremely knowledgeable in the aspects of death and dying and approach the difficult topic wth compassion and grace.
Not only do they facilitate a workshop that is greatly needed in our society but they were marketing wizards as well. They met with us to ensure that our goals with the sponsorship were met and went above and beyond to promote our branding/ marketing wishes.
We’d highly recommend that not only people attend the ROM workshop but also consider sponsoring an event to help promote your business to mindful audience.
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