When was the last time you had 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 as 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!
All events take place on a Sunday at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary: 250 Race St in Grass Valley, California...
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PAST EVENTS INCLUDE:
Sunday March 6, 2016 - What Constitutes Dying Well?
with Nandi Szabo
"Outstanding thought provoking event" - over 25 people attended for talk, presentation and insightful discussion!
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?
Our community joined Nandi Szabo, death care midwife and educator, for a Full circle Living and Dying Collective sponsored gathering where drawing from Ira Byock's book "Dying Well:Peace and possibilities at the end of life", such questions will be creatively addressed from the loving to the practical.
Dying well is fundamenally about people experiencing something that has meaning and value to them.
Death Cafe Sunday October 25, 2015 2:00pm-4:00pm - Gathering the community for a conversation about death. We gathered together a diverse group of 14 individuals who shared on topics of Near death experience, women dealing with cancer diagnosis & talking about death to children, green burial, what is involved in crematon and more.
Sunday April 26, 2015: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Death Cafe- Gathering the community for a conversation about death. This was our fourth gathering for Death Cafe!
Sunday April 12, 2015 2-4pm
Film presentation: Death Makes Life Possible - a film by Marilyn Schlitz & Deepak Chopra .
details: http://deathmakeslifepossible.com/ Followed by a presentation from Jacie Rowe of Compassion & Choices about SB 128 End-of-Life Option Act. We had over 40 people in attendance to view this wonderful film and receive education about this important California Senate Bill - End-of-Life Option, similar to the Death with Dignity act in effect in Oregon. The audience asked many questions and was very engaged in the topic!
Sunday 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". We had 24 people in attendence and three circles of discussions on many topics surrounding death. Full Circle Living & Dying Collective hosted Nevada County's first Death Cafe in November 2013. Success continues!
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!
Informative Past Event: May 1, 2016 2-4pm
"Create a Plan for Your Own Send-off!"
Over 20 guests joined us in creating instructions and exploring creative ideas for a personalized memorial service & Home Funeral.
Outstanding past Event! Over 50 guests joined our Community Education Event on Sunday January 24, 2016 for viewing the Film: GriefWalker.
Abundant Thank YOUs to our community for attending this unique event facilitated by Nandi Szabo. Dozens of voices contributed to the rousing discussion that followed. 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.