What Now? Podcast

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Welcome to What Now? On the threshold of life, death, and grief, a podcast presented in partnership with Hospice Peterborough. Hosted by palliative and bereavement healthcare professionals Julie Brown, Red Keating, and David Kennedy, this podcast delves into the profound and universal experiences of dying, death, and grief.

Dying is one of the few experiences we will all share, yet little is done in our culture to prepare us for this inevitability and it’s resulting bereavement and grief. Drawing on their vast knowledge and experience each episode is a conversation meant to enlighten and demystify the often difficult and emotional experiences of dying, death and bereavement.

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Meet the Hosts

David Kennedy

David Kennedy is an accomplished facilitator and presenter who brings a wonderful combination of theory, skilled knowledge and life experience. David has worked professionally in various fields including health care, education, grief counselling and hospice palliative care. David served as faculty for the Canadian Centre for Bereavement Education and Counselling for 16 years as part of programs offered by the University of Toronto Continuing Ed program. In 2008 he joined Hospice Peterborough to advance and supervise the accredited grief and bereavement program. A decade later David used his immense skills as a Supportive Care Counsellor with Hospice’s Palliative Care Community Team supporting individuals, family members and caregivers to understand and cope with the emotional, psychological, social, spiritual and practical challenges of life-limiting illness, grief and death. In retirement, David has become a revered presenter and keynote speaker known across Canada.

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Julie Brown

Julie Brown’s acquired wealth of clinical experience and education as a registered psychotherapist has spanned over 20 years, in both the healthcare and education
sectors. With a combined passion for lifelong learning and humanity, Julie holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and Bachelor degrees in Music and Music Therapy. Her training also includes specialized training in the treatment of grief, trauma, mindfulness, anxiety and depression. Presently, Julie focuses on her therapy practice, Tabono Therapy specializing in individual treatment for adults and employee wellness workshops and retreats. In addition to her clinical practice, Julie has worked with Hospice Peterborough and held senior leadership roles; notably as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Clinical Services for the Peterborough Family Health Team. Julie is a much sought presenter, delivering meditations and workshops to organizations and at conferences across Ontario and Canada.

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Red Keating

Red Keating’s passion has always been in palliative care. In retirement, he found his way to Hospice Peterborough after a successful 34-year social work career working in the fields of children’s mental health, health care and education. Bestowed with a Master and Bachelor degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor of Arts Philosophy & Sociology, Red works with an interdisciplinary team to provide palliative care and support to individuals diagnosed with a terminal illness and their families. Red’s compassion, sense of humour and capacity to support
people through the toughest of times has served many organizations not just Hospice. Throughout his careers he has worked with the Tri County Treatment Foster Care Program and Peterborough Regional Health Centre in Palliative Care and Oncology. His esteemed profession also encompassed positions with Fleming College and Trent University where he was a counsellor and Director of Programs.

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