Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Talking about dying

Death is often an unmentionable topic, but sooner or later, it touches all of us. A beloved pet dies, then a distant great-aunt. Then a parent, a sibling, or a spouse. How do we prepare for these losses? Or for the prospect of our own death? One approach is to talk with others.

The Newport Public Library will host Talking about Dying on Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m., facilitated by Bob Daley from Benton Hospice Service in Corvallis.

Talking about Dying is a community discussion that provides an opportunity to reflect on the stories and influences that shape what we think about death and dying, and to hear different perspectives and ideas from fellow community members.

Participants will explore essential questions: What do we think about when we think of dying? As people we’ve known have moved closer to death, what seemed to work well for them and the people close to them? What seemed difficult? When we think about our own dying, what do we want most?

Daley has worked as the Transitions and Caregiver Support Program Coordinator at Benton Hospice Service in Corvallis, Oregon for over five years.  In this role, he discusses issues surrounding death and dying with family caregivers on a daily basis and connects families with appropriate information and resources.  He also has ten years of group facilitation experience in various settings, and has a Master’s degree in Teaching from Oregon State University.

Talking about Dying is a statewide initiative by Oregon Humanities, created in partnership with Cambia Health Foundation, to bring conversations about death and dying to communities throughout the state.

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