Inspiring Life and Love
A Finished Heart
"How do I want to be loved as I die?"
a concept brought forth in A Finished Heart
Support people faced with caregiving, death and dying, loss and bereavement:
A Finished Heart provides a real-life example of a man embracing emotional awareness and expression to engage with many of the most intense realities we can face as human beings: devastating illness, caregiving, dying and grief. A Finished Heart demonstrates how cherishing even the most difficult emotions has allowed me to survive, transform and thrive.
By presenting A Finished Heart, you give audience members an opportunity to learn from a visceral experience of empathy as they are drawn into authentic, active listening and compassionate communication. By feeling along with me, employees are immersed in the beauty of intimacy that brings them to a quiet, deep connection with themselves, with each other, and with universal experience.
Celebrate diversity. Build community.
Through A Finished Heart, we join together to share a true story of two men in love who are devoted to each other. When you utilize this performance to build community and to foster caring, personal interaction, your LGBT colleagues feel a great sense of validation, inclusion and respect.
© 2017 Eliott Cherry, All Rights Reserved.
A Finished Heart is a one-man show of story, dialogue and poetry with a musical score. I perform the conversations I shared with my husband, Chris Chenard, as I helped Chris die of pancreatic cancer.
“I felt like I was in the room – I felt like I was experiencing some of the same emotions, those raw emotions that are so precious to people who love.” Camille Hopkins, Researcher, University of Chicago.
Utilize A Finished Heart:
A Finished Heart is intimate theater, intended as an educational and community-building experience.
It does not constitute therapy, or a medical or psychological service of any kind.
Always seek appropriate professional services as needed.
First performed in 2009, A Finished Heart has been presented by university departments of nursing, social work, education, and related fields. The performance has been used for clinical continuing education approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and as part of adult education programs for faith communities. In 2016, the work was invited for inclusion in New York's United Solo Festival.
Performances have been supported by many organizations that include AARP, Compassion & Choices, Employee Resource Groups of the City of Portland and Multnomah County, Oregon, and the Employee Assistance Program of University of Maine at Orono.
Funding for performances has also been received from state and regional grants that include Portland, Oregon's Regional Arts and Culture Council, North Portland Neighborhood Services, SE Uplift Neighborhood Coalition, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Humanities Council and the JSL Foundation.
Post-performance conversation with the author/performer is always included