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Explore the Meaning of Life and Death
Does our culture in Australia deny death? How do we talk about it? What does it mean to live well, then die well? To explore the difficult topics of grief, dying and death in an entertaining and thought-provoking way, Hopewell Hospice proudly presents an evening with international speaker and author Stephen Jenkinson, accompanied by talented musician Gregory Hoskins.
Following last year's international book tour (Die Wise), Stephen Jenkinson is touring Australia with Nights of Grief and Mystery, bringing together a storyteller and a musician (Gregory Hoskins) for an evening of discussion and enlightenment, dappled by magic and wonder.
Stephen Jenkinson is a Harvard-educated theologian, culture activist, founder of the Orphan Wisdom School and also the subject of a documentary film, Griefwalker. He comes with teachings about honour and grace under pressure, about elderhood in an age of age-intolerance. Having worked with hundreds of dying people and their families, care-givers, nurses, doctors and social workers, he often witnessed what he calls a 'wretched anxiety' at the end of life. His inquiry led him to examine the dominant culture and how we could approach dying, death and grief in a different way.
Hopewell is a non-profit, community-based, privately run, award winning hospice on the Gold Coast, which also offers a range of educational, counselling and support programs to help all ages cope with trauma or tragedy.
Founded by the late Rev Dr Ian Mavor OAM and Anglican Lay Chaplain Deirdre Hanna, Hopewell was established at Hope Island in 1994 to specifically care for those who were at the end stage of life. Now located in a beautiful custom built 8-bed residence in Arundel within a peaceful garden setting, the Hospice is adjacent to Paradise Kids, a division of the charity that helps traumatised children.
The emphasis at Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible in a home-like environment. Family and friends are welcomed, and encouraged to become part of the Hopewell community. To help create the homely environment, the grounds have been landscaped to create a Healing Garden where people can experience connection with the natural world and its multi-sensory elements.
Through Hopewell Hospice Services people receive physical, social, emotional and spiritual care and support in the final stage of life. The emphasis of Hopewell is on living as full a life as possible, in a homelike environment, whatever people's circumstances. As an Australian registered charity Hopewell Hospice and its subsidiary Paradise Kids rely on the support from the wider community to continue the valuable work that they do. This is their first event for 2017.