Being diagnosed with heart failure or disease can make you feel as if your world has turned upside down. Powerful emotions come with the diagnosis: fear, anger, sadness, loss—often difficult to express. Writing has been shown to have emotional and physiological benefits to those dealing with life-threatening or chronic conditions, hardship, or trauma.
Facilitated by Sharon Bray, Ed.D., author, educator and heart failure patient, the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research hosts a series of workshops where you can learn why, and how, writing can be healing, whether you write alone or with others.
“As patients, I think we learn a lot from each other,” Sharon says. “The workshops build an extraordinary community through story. People realize they’re not alone.”
Each two-hour session of this four-part series facilitated by Sharon Bray Ed.D. will be conducted in an atmosphere of safety and support with the same participants each week. Sharon will guide the group with specific writing prompts, with time allocated for writing and reflection, as well as sharing of your writing.
Group participants will be encouraged to practice deep active listening and offer supportive feedback on the writing shared. This Expressive Writing series is led by an experienced facilitator and allows participants to write in a supportive environment of a community of people with lived experience of heart disease.
Note: Limited to 18 participants and we ask that you commit to attending all sessions. This session is targeted to first time participants – if you have taken Writing the Heart before and wish to be participate please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the wait list.
Four-week series on Tuesdays from April 9th to 30th from 10am – 12:00pm EST. Sessions will be held in downtown Toronto at Toronto General Hospital.