Embracing Compassionate Communities
I am part of an exciting new social movement that is evolving within Australia. One that has made a significant impact already within different parts of the globe. Momentum is growing. And this social movement is all about the concept of “Compassionate Communities”.
As cited within the Compassionate Communities Hub website: Compassionate Communities (ComCom) is a global movement for whole community engagement, a way to shift the dialogue and encourage communities to reconsider how care is provided to people who are dying.
When I first explored being an End of Life Doula, I came across a wonderful video by an Australian Professor – Allan Kellehear who remains the originator of this social movement. This global movement embraces a ‘whole-of-community’ approach to end of life support – actively embracing living well right up to the end of life. It’s about caring for each other at times of loss and need; and about local communities taking ‘responsibility’ so that informal and formal support and networks combine to provide intrinsic support for the dying person and those left grieving.
One way that I embrace this social movement is through the facilitation of Death Cafes which engage people in a relaxed open conversation about anything related to death and dying – whilst enjoying a cuppa and some cake. For more information on the Death Cafes I facilitate go to Eventbrite and search for either “South-East Brisbane Death Cafe” or “Bayside Death Cafe”
Some wonderful community examples of being a Compassionate Community are evidenced by the
- Blue Mountains ComCom – The Groundswell Project (Australia); and the
- Compassionate Inverclyde community (Scotland)
Explore your local community. Network with and link organisations and services in your local area. Join the COMCOM HUB and join their free, dynamic webinars that guide the evolution of this movement. And let’s all connect with the needs of the dying and those persons grieving so that our local communities can assist people to embrace life and live a life of purpose and meaning.