Free on­line course for care­givers re­turns

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im­por­tant, free on­line course which was of­fered last year will again be avail­able, be­gin­ning on June 6th. Cre­ated by “Fu­ture­Learn”, the course “ex­plores key is­sues re­lated to car­ing for a rel­a­tive with psy­chosis or schizophre­nia.” The two-week long course will cover such ques­tions as: why is schizophre­nia de­scribed as psy­chosis; how can we un­der­stand key symp­toms like hear­ing voices; what are the links be­tween cannabis use and de­vel­op­ing psy­chosis; how do psy­chosis med­i­ca­tions work; how are sib­lings of peo­ple with psy­chosis af­fected; and how can psy­chosis af­fect a care­giver’s health and their re­la­tion­ships.

find out more about the course visit the Fu­ture­Learn web­site. The course is rec­om­mended by Men­tal Health Estrie.

How to end one’s life well de­pends on a num­ber of things. Five key fac­tors are fea­tured in a se­ries of weekly work­shops called “Happy End­ings” com­ing to Ma­gog and North Hatley, start­ing next week.

The two se­ries are or­ga­nized by UUEstrie, as was a pi­lot se­ries last year in Len­noxville. The work­shops in Ma­gog are in part­ner­ship with the Mem­phrem­a­gog Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Cen­tre, and are on Wed­nes­days. The ones in North Hatley are on Fri­days. In both places, the ses­sions are from 10 a.m. to noon, and all are in English. They are free of charge, with a small do­na­tion for re­fresh­ments. All are wel­come.

“We be­lieve that all life is sa­cred, in its beginnings, in its liv­ing and lov­ing, and in its end­ings,” said UUEstrie’s min­is­ter, Rev. Ca­role Mar­tig­nacco. “The se­ries is about the as­pect of life that we call end­ings. We give so much at­ten­tion to the rest of life, yet we don’t take time to con­sider how to exit this world well.”

“Last Words: How to plan your own me­mo­rial or cel­e­bra­tion of life” is a work­shop by Rev. Mar­tig­nacco her­self. She has de­vel­oped an ex­per­tise in per­son­al­ized ceremonies, and she gives par­tic­i­pants a guide to de­sign­ing memo­ri­als that leave a legacy of per­sonal val­ues. Last Words is the first ses­sion in Ma­gog, on Wed­nes­day, April 27, and the sec­ond topic in North Hatley, on Fri­day, May 6.

“Wills, Liv­ing Wills, and End-of-Life Le­gal is­sues” Me. on endof-life le­gal is­sues, are the first two speak­ers in the “Happy End­ings” se­ries com­ing to Ma­gog and North Hatley. is the first topic in North Hatley, on Fri­day, April 29, and the sec­ond one in Ma­gog, on Wed­nes­day, May 4. The speaker is Me. Tim Leonard, a no­tary in Sherbrooke. He will speak and an­swer ques­tions about le­gal is­sues per­tain­ing to the end of life, such as do-notre­sus­ci­tate or­ders, in­ca­pac­ity man­dates, and oth­ers.

“Green Buri­als and Home & Fam­ily-cen­tred Fu­ner­als” is the ti­tle of a talk by fu­neral di­rec­tor Stephan Elkas of

Tim Leonard,

Rev. Ca­role Mar­tig­nacco, on de­sign­ing your own me­mo­rial ser­vice.

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