Shades of Blue

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Oct 27, 2018
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Christchurch Cathedral


The daytime forum (1 -5) will include:

  • *Workshop: “Processing Grief Through Movement” (two sessions: 1:30 – 2:30; and 3:30 – 4:30) with Sandy Rosen.
  • *Workshop: “Moving Through Grief with Journaling” with Catherine Sosnowsky (1:30 – 2:30)
  • *Workshop: “Grieving Through Poetry” (3:00 – 4:30)
  • *Workshop: “Men and Grieving” with Waldy Sosnowsky (2:30 – 3:30)
  • Counselling will be available in 15-minute segments from 1 pm – 5 pm (sign up at event)
  • There will be a number of grief stations to help with the processing of grief and loss in different ways.
  • Live music
  • Art Gallery/sale
  • Craft table

*To sign up for a workshop please send email to

Please provide your name, the workshop you would like to take, the time you would like to take it – if there are multiple sessions.

The Shades of Blue, Shades of Loss Concert will include:  

  • The Marcus Mosely Chorale and Ensemble
  • The Christ Church Cathedral Choir
  • Joani Taylor
  • Melanie Gleeson-Lyall
  • Dr. David Kuhl
  • Dancers from the Mirror Dance Program
  • …and much more

Tickets for the performance will be $30 and are available on Brown Paper Tickets or call our hotline at 604-770-1088.


Sandy Rosen is the Director of Dance Barn Studio and the Mirror Arts Dance Program. She is the
author of the book Bare – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing and has developed the
“Dancing for Healing” course which enables individuals to reconnect their bodies to emotion.
Sandy loves to encourage, mentor, care for and organize – whether it's her students, artistic
endeavours or people of all sorts, she’s into all of it! She is mother to 3 grown daughters, and wife
to singer-songwriter, Russ Rosen.

Catherine Sosnowsky grew up and studied in Vancouver, BC, and went on to teach English
Literature and other subjects at the University of British Columbia and at Langara College.  After
losing her teenage son in a freak accident, Sosnowsky turned to the writing of poetry and to the
support of the international parent bereavement group, The Compassionate Friends. She has
presented poems on CBC radio, and her short stories and essays have been published in the Globe
and Mail and Room Magazine. As the leader of a Compassionate Friends chapter, she often offers
writing as healing workshops.  Her two books are Holding On: Poems for Alex and Snapshots: A
Story of Love, Loss, and Life. The latter tells of the loss of her two adopted children to drugs and
the street.  She passionately believes in the power of writing as healing.

After obtaining degrees in Sociology and Education at UBC, Woldy Sosnowsky enjoyed many
years as a teacher and education leader working with reluctant learners and First Nations Youth in
North Vancouver. The death of an infant daughter and, later, the death of his teenage son, drew
him toward a search for the “divine.” This search for a deeper understanding led him to study
Theology at VST where he completed his MDiv in 2010. Recently, he has delved into the grieving
process as it relates to men in particular. He has shared his insights with men in grief at
international, national, and regional conferences in Frankfurt, Germany; Medicine Hat, Alberta;
and Seabeck, Washington, continuing to learn more through sharing in the intimacy of sharing
workshop settings.