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Sharing Stories and Making Memories

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This course is aimed at helping people share and preserve stories with and/or about their loved ones using various approaches and methods.

You will learn to weave the various forms of life review into your daily routine, so that you can pick away at small projects over time, and avoid getting overwhelmed by the boxes of memorabilia or decades worth of stories.

This process will allow you to reflect on your lived experience, connect with others through the sharing of stories, broach difficult topics/conversations, and find strength, healing, understanding and acceptance through the practice of life review.

You will be given various examples of story projects to consider, and also be encouraged to start planning and working on one during the course. This may be in the form of a memory book/box, performing/recording a song, compiling a cookbook that includes stories and recipes, or simply finding meaningful ways to engage others in the process through conversation, crafts or activities.

No materials required.

Course details

Dates: TBD
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Offered online
Course fee: $170 (+HST)
Instructor: Christa Blizzard

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About the instructor

Christa Blizzard is a Registered Social Worker, with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University. She received training as a teaching assistant working with people who have special needs and has taken courses on counseling, trauma, and narrative social work, as well as completing bereavement volunteer training with Hospice Fredericton.

Christa has conducted dozens of life story interviews and quality of life interviews with seniors, and completed life story projects for residents through the Narrative Care Program, 'Celebrating our Stories.' She has also interviewed and compiled life stories with 6 individuals at Hospice Fredericton last year, as well as facilitated a guided auto-biography group at the Fredericton Public Library last winter.

As well as helping others share their stories, Christa has also kept personal journals for well over a decade and has practiced life review through various mediums.

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