Katherine Arnup is a writer, life coach, speaker, hospice volunteer, and retired Carleton University professor. She is the author of a book about caring for her sister and her parents as they were dying – “I don’t have time for this!” A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself.
Industry Expertise (4)
Writing and Editing
Professional Training and Coaching
Areas of Expertise (7)
Death and Dying
Medical Aid in Dying
Social History of Marriage and the Family
Book Selection, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville Virginia
Writing Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
February 2014, March – April 2015, March 2016
Honourable Mention, City of Ottawa 55+ short story and memoir contest
Letter of Distinction, Humber School of Writers
Post-Graduate Program in Creative Writing August 2009
Writing Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (value: $2625.00)
University of Toronto: Ph.D., History 1991
Thesis title: Education for Motherhood: Women and the Family in Twentieth Century English Canada
University of Toronto: M.Ed., History 1982
Ontario Teacher Education: B.Ed., Education 1976
University of Toronto: B.A., Sociology 1975
Media Appearances (6)
“I don’t have time for this!” New Book on Caring for Aging Parents by Canadian Author
Katherine Arnup, a long-time Ottawa resident, has just published a new book on caring for our parents. “I don’t have time for this!” A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself is based on Katherine’s experiences caring for her sister and her parents when they were dying and on her 14 years as a residence volunteer at the May Court Hospice...
We will remember you
The Caregivers Voice
“I was the most death averse person you could imagine. I was the kind of person who never sent sympathy cards, disdaining their saccharine message, yet lacking the appropriate words myself. I was someone who, upon hearing that someone’s father had died, steered a wide berth around them, explaining to myself that I didn’t know what to say. I was afraid that just talking about death might draw me closer to my own mortality. I blamed shyness, my WASP upbringing, but, of course, it was fear.”...
Katherine Arnup's Compassionate Guide
Katherine Arnup, a retired professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada has published I Don’t Have Time for This! A Compassionate Guide for Caring for Your Parents and Yourself. The book arose from Katherine’s own experience as a caregiver for her sister and her parents when they were dying. She also has worked for many years as a Hospice volunteer...
How to Visit Your Aging Parent the Right Way
Katherine Arnup, a retired professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and now life coach, got an education in caregiving when her sister and parents got sick. She later became a hospice volunteer. She drew on those experiences for her latest book, I Don’t Have Time for This!: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents and Yourself. Arnup writes about the importance of being “being present” when you visit an aging parent. The following is excerpted from one of the book’s chapters...
Making time for the dying...
CBC Ottawa Morning
We speak to the author of "I Don't Have Time For This" a compassionate guide to caring for your parents and yourself...
Death wishes: What we want versus what we get
Carleton University history Prof. Katherine Arnup has thought long and hard about what people desire when it comes to dying compared to what actually happens. Arnup is a hospice volunteer who was a caregiver to her sister and both her parents as they were dying. She is also the author of the upcoming book I Don’t Have Time for This: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself...
Event Appearances (5)
The Final Taboo: Talking about Death and Dying
Bereavement Ontario Network Orillia, ON.
What does it mean to care?
St. James Church, Fenelon Falls Ontario, ON.
Learning to Care
Good Companions Centre Toronto, ON.
My caregiving journey
Hot Talks on Health, invited presentation by the Change Foundation Toronto, ON.
The Journey of Aging
Colonel by Retirement Residence Ottawa, ON.