My name is Shannon Calvert. I am a graduate of The Institute of Traditional Medicine’s Contemplative End of Life Care and Palliative Massage programs, and I have a BA in Sociology from King's College Western University.
I am an end-of-life educator and support person, assisting people to prepare estate plans, advance care plans, death and funeral plans, as well as to create legacy compositions (writings, photos, art, etc.). I provide support and companionship to individuals and their families as they navigate the practical, social and spiritual aspects of dying.
I am involved on many levels with dying and death-care in my community. I am a board member of the Funeral Consumers Advocacy of London and Windsor, a Death Café facilitator, and a hospice volunteer providing palliative massage to clients at home and in the St Joseph Hospice residence.
I have extensive experience in community development, working with diverse populations to support individuals and groups to develop skills and knowledge in order to improve their own health and to build healthy communities that are based on justice, equality and mutual respect.
I live in London, Ontario with my husband and across the street from one of the joys in my life, my young grandson!
I look forward to working with you.
Experience & Learning
I love to learn and am continually taking courses and reading books and articles to increase my knowledge. The following is a list of some of the courses and workshops that I have taken in the last nine years.
Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Cert. - St. Joseph’s Hospice of London 2016
Dying Into Love (3 Workshops) - Roshi Joan Halifax, Ram Dass, Dale Borglum 2016
Death Vigiling online training - Sacred Dying Foundation 2016
Accompanying the Dying online program - Quality of Life Care 2015
Contemplative End of Life Care Program - Institute of Traditional Medicine (Toronto) 2015
Power of Touch Palliative Massage Certificate - Canadian Institute of Palliative Massage) 2014
Functional Fitness for Older Adults - Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging 2014
Certified Chair Massage Provider - Wellness in Hand-Senior Wellness Training (B.C.) 2014
Certified Laughter Yoga Leader - Laughter Yoga International University (Toronto) 2014
Chair Yoga Teacher Training - Ageless Arts Yoga-Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga 2014
Ageless Grace Certified Educator - Ageless Grace-Certified Trainer B. Kunz 2014
Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR/AED C - Initial Care 2014
U-First Workshop - Alzheimer Society Ontario 2014
Hospice Volunteer Training - St Joseph’s Hospice of London 2013
Food Handler Certification Program - Middlesex-London Health Unit 2012
Chronic Disease Self-Management Leader - North Hamilton CHC-Stanford Patient Education 2008