Write your own obituary class

 

Saturday February 22 * 1-3pm * $10 * REGISTER

6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

with Sarah (founder of Death Positive DC and end-of-life doula)

Contact Sarah at sarah@deathpositivedc.com for more information

We will start promptly at 1pm // PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Join me as we learn about obituaries and have a go at writing our own.

We’ll spend a bit of time talking about the history of obits and we’ll read some obituaries (with an emphasis on ones written by the person who died).

Then I’ll provide different writing exercises we can try. We will write and discuss, and then have a second round of writing and discussion. I’ll be available for one-on-one help.

At the end of the workshop, people can read their obits to the group (optional, of course!).

Please bring paper and pen or a laptop for writing. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

Having “The Conversation” — the Conversation Project

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The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.  The project provides “Conversation Starter Kits” to help you have the conversation with a family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care. It is available in several languages.  Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. You can use this Starter Kit whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.

All of the Starter Kits are available to download and print for free.  To learn more about the kits, click on the following link:

https://theconversationproject.org/starter-kits/#conversation-starter-kit


All-Day Smithsonian Workshop on Religious Views of Death

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world. Graham M. Schweig, a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, surveys differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives. Stories, teachings, and rituals from the major faiths, as well as contemporary interpretations, are examined to illuminate the ultimate life event: death.

9:30–10:45 a.m. Overview: Comparative Religions and Life After Death

What is religion? And what is the role of death, dying, and the afterlife in world religions?  Explore these topics as well as conceptions of the soul and the human struggle for purpose and meaning among the three major global religious systems.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Semitic Traditions

Visions of death and the afterlife from the ancient Middle Eastern traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: key figures and tenets.

12:15–1:30 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own).

1:30–2:45 p.m. East Asian Traditions

Conceptions of death and the afterlife in Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Buddhism.

3–4:15 p.m. South Asian Traditions and Modern Reflections

Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism are examined, as well as contemporary interpretations of themes on death, dying, and the afterlife.

To purchase tickets online, click on the following link:

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/death-and-beyond-comparative-reflections-on-world-religious-traditions?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OCT19eASmartSaturdays10.19.19&utm_content=version_A&promo=247468

 

Organic Burial Pods Will Turn Your Body into a Tree

Organic Burial Pods

Capsula Mundi is a cultural and broad-based project, which envisions a different approach to the way we think about death. It’s an egg-shaped pod, an ancient and perfect form, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small Capsulas while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The pod will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet.

For more information, click on the following link:  https://www.theseniorlist.com/blog/organic-burial-pods-will-turn-your-body-into-a-tree

The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor

In his new book, Arthur Kleinman, a psychiatrist and medical anthropologist, describes the ten years he spent caring for his wife, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s. and navigating an often unfeeling health-care system on her behalf.  Despite the social isolation and stress he suffered, he also found fulfillment and beauty in the experience and wrote this book to comfort and educate family caregivers and clinicians.

To learn more about the book and read an excerpt, click on the following link:  https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/573438/the-soul-of-care-by-arthur-kleinman/

 

Judy Chicago–The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction

There is a new Judy Chicago exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  The Washington Post Weekend Section (10/11/19) says:

“The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction,” at the National Museum of Women in the arts, consists of nearly 40 works of painted porcelain and glass, plus two large sculptures.  It’s divided into three sequential sections: “Stages of Dying,” “Mortality,” and “Extinction.”  Chicago’s new series is “luminous,” according to exhibition curator Virginia Treanor.  “I think it’s going to be a really contemplative experience,” she said.  People will be moved by it, for sure.

The exhibit lasts through January 10th.  To learn more about the exhibit, click on the following link:  https://nmwa.org/exhibitions/judy-chicago-the-end

 

Seven things People Forget To Do Before They Die

In this article in Yes!, an online magazine, Sydney Worth reviews the book Seven Things People Forget To Do Before They Die.  This book was written for a Canadian audience but can also be useful to Americans.  Amazon describes the book as follows: Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more personal and meaningful. Today people want to regain control over health-care decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You is the essential handbook to help Canadians navigate personal and medical decisions for the best quality of life for the end of our lives. Noted palliative-care educator and researcher Kathy Kortes-Miller shows readers how to identify and reframe limiting beliefs about dying with humor and compassion.

The first on the list of things people forget to do is:

1. Use the D-words.

Death, dying, and dead. Clear language rather than euphemisms such as “passed away” or “transitioned” can help loved ones recognize end of life as a normal event and provide better support.

To read about all seven things that people forget to do, click on the following link: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/death/die-do-before-bucket-list-20190827