When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation about death?
As we initiate conversations with our families and community about feelings and wishes surrounding death, the discussion gets easier. We begin to release some fear and become more at ease. We begin to question old ideas formed over the years about dying. We begin to get clarity, discover options, and realize dying is a sacred time. When we recognize the uncertainty of our time here in this physical body, we gradually begin to live a more purposeful and appreciative life!
DONATIONS ARE HAPPILY ACCEPTED TO FURTHER OUR WORK.
Stay informed! IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ALERTED TO UPCOMING EVENTS,
PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST- (click here to email Akhila)
PAST EVENT: WHAT CONSTITUTES DYING WELL? with NANDI SZABO
Sunday March 6, 2016 - begins 2:00pm-4:00pm at Chapel of the Angels: 250 Race St. Grass Valley - A FREE EVENT.
How can we make the end of life as meaningful and precious as the beginning? How can we explore death in all its sadness and pathos but also make room for wisdom, hope and even the joy of final understanding?
Come and join Nandi Szabo, death midwife and educator, for a Full circle Living & Dying Collective sponsored gathering,
where drawing from Ira Byock's book, Dying Well:Peace and Possibilities at the End ofLlife,
such questions will be creatively addressed from the loving to the practical.
Dying well is fundamentally about people experiencing something that has meaning and value to them.
Stephen Jenkinson writes in his book Die Wise,
"Dying Well is a right and responsibility of everyone. it is not a lifestyle option.
It is a moral, political and spiritual obligation each person owes their ancestors and their heirs"
Previous Event- Sunday January 24, 2016 2-4pm at Chapel of the Angels. Film: GriefWalker.
Griefwalker is an extraordinary portrait of Harvard-tranined theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live and that we must know grief well in order to appreciate our own lives. Many may find Jenkinson's belief that our deaths are not something to be denied or avoided but "befriended' as challenging: he points out that not every culture fears death as we do. The film carries viewers into the lives of those confronting death, as well as those learning how to help people die well. Combining beautiful imagery of the impermanence of nature and the actuality of dying, Griefwalker weaves an illuminating picture of a remarkable man and leaves us with a deeper understanding of how our deaths could be held as a "prized possession".
A film about the redemptive power of deep love for life, when life glimpses its end.
"Not success. Not growth. Not happiness. The cradle of your Love of life...is death"-- Stephen Jenkenson
Our 5th Death Cafe: Sunday October 25, 2015 2-4pm at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary, Grass Valley.
Bringing the community together for a conversation about topics surrounding death (click here to learn more about this international movement). We had 14 people in attendence talking about Near Death Experience, difficult family death experiences, details of cremation, and women with cancer, and how to talk about death with children.
PAST EVENTS INCLUDE:
Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Death Cafe- This is our fourth gathering for Death Cafe! We gathered over 25 people breaking into three groups for intimate conversations about all topics surrounding death. Afterward the response was gratitude, and new awareness. Thank you all for sharing!
SUNDAY APRIL 12, 2015:
Film presentation: DEATH MAKES LIFE POSSIBLE a film by Marilyn Schlitz & Deepak Chopra .
TIME: 2:00pm-4:00pm Chapel of the Angels. Grass Valley, CA details: http://deathmakeslifepossible.com/
Followed by presentation from Jacie Rowe of Compassion & Choices about SB128. We had over 40 people attend!
February 1, 2015 : Death Cafe- click here to learn more about this international movement, which brings friends and strangers alike together "to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their [finite] lives". Full Circle Living & Dying Collective hosted Nevada County's first Death Cafe in November 2013. We gathered once again Sunday February 1, 2015 at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary. We had 24 people in attendence with meaningful conversations about death, dying, green burial cremation, what happens when you die? Also, tea and cookies were served!
September 28, 2014: Death Cafe - A thoughtful conversation with a focus on answering children's questions about death.
May 18, 2014: "Home Death Care/Funerals & Green Burial", a presentation & community discussion
"A FAMILY UNDERTAKING" a film screening of important work in Family Home Funerals.
"HOW TO FILL OUT AN ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE FORM". A discussion plus forms for you to take home and fill out!
"YOUR CONVERSATION STARTER KIT" A discussion and documents to help you begin a discussion about death with your loved ones.
"DEATH CAFE" (November 2013) FULL CIRCLE LIVING & DYING COLLECTIVE Hosted Nevada County's first Death Cafe and it was a rousing success!