Storytelling and Palliative Care
As a speaker, storyteller and coach, Regi Carpenter’s mission is to infuse the palliative care experience with the depth and richness of storytelling in order to make the end of life more meaningful for families, caregivers and patient.
By combining the spoken word humor and honesty, Regi helps organizations and individuals bring dignity and honor to the end of life.
In 2009, Regi created Stories with Spirit, a creative initiative designed to bring stories of hope and songs of joy to children and their caregivers in homes, hospitals and hospices. Through her involvement with children and their families, she gained experience with therapists, nurses and other medical professionals.
Keynote Presentation: Death in a Nut
Discuss how stories help facilitate empathetic listening and communication.
Explain how to communicate with others more effectively by using empathy, clarity, and listening.
Experience how to find and tell stories that connect and meet the needs of clients and their families.
Snap! the Silence Around Mental Illness
As a sixteen year old teen, Regi attempted suicide and was institutionalized in a state mental hospital for a year. That experience remained a secret for decades as Regi fought to silence the shame and confusion around that experience. That silence was ended when she wrote and performed Snap! a 75 minute story of her experience. While performing her story Snap!, in venues throughout the United States Regi heard previously silent stories of attempted suicide, suicide, and hospitalization from families, friends and caregivers. Speaking with a conviction borne of experience, Regi delivers a message of hope and understanding. Regi’s arduous journey from darkness to light inspired her to become a champion for the stories of the mentally ill in order to open the dialogue on advocacy, healing and treatment. Through telling one’s story we come to understand our experience within a larger framework of human suffering and compassion. This is a story of hope, understanding and recovery.
Scroll down to see the two minute promo of the performance piece Snap!