Past Event – Burlington, VT – July 16th – 19th, 2015

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit & Workshop Schedule

July 16-19th, 2015

Fletcher Free Library – 235 College Street – Burlington, VT

The Wake Up to Dying Project aims to shift our cultural perspective on death from fear and avoidance toward familiarity – by inviting people to acknowledge death, be prepared for it, and live more fully for having done so.

We do this by gathering and sharing first person audio stories about death, dying, and life. We bring these stories, along with related art, hands-on engagement opportunities and workshops to communities in a creative traveling exhibit.  

Visitors to the Traveling Exhibit can:

  • listen to audio stories about death, dying and life,
  • add your bucket list goals to our massive chalkboard,
  • earn about and take away end-of-life resources,
  • attend a workshop or community discussion with local leaders in end-of-life care, and
  • bring what you learn and experience back to their home and community.

(All events are free and open to the public)


THE EXHIBIT TENTS HOURS:

Thursday & Friday, July 16-17th 11:00am – 7:30pm

Saturday, July 18th, 10:00am – 7:30pm

Sunday, July 19th, 10:00am – 5:00pm


COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SCHEDULE

We will host open, facilitated dialogues every day on the lawn outside of the library, from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Bring a brown bag lunch for an opportunity to talk about death, dying, and life! (If it’s raining we will be inside in the Pickering Room.)


WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Workshops will be held either at the Fletcher Free Library or at the College Street Congregational Church at 265 College St.

THURSDAY JULY 16TH

Living Well – Dying Well

Thursday, July 16th, 5:30 – 7:00pm – College Street Congregational Church –  265 College St.

What does “living well, dying well” mean to you? To your family? What does it mean individually, and in community? Community members and end-of-life care professionals share what they have learned, offering an opportunity for participants to consider what living well and dying well mean to them.

Panelists:

  • Diana L. Barnard, MD – Palliative Care, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Kristin Barnum, RN, BSN, MBA – Division Director, BAYADA Hospice
  • Pamela MacPherson – Hospice Volunteer, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
  • Sharon Keegan – Administrator of Vermont Respite House, a program of the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

Facilitator:

  • Patricia Fontaine, MA – Teacher & Author

 

FRIDAY JULY 17TH

Noyana Singers

Friday, July 17th, 5:30pm – Fletcher Free Library Lawn – 235 College St. (If rain: College Street Congregational Church –  265 College St.)

The Noyana Singers are trained hospice volunteers and singers who offer spiritual and secular songs of comfort at the bedsides of those nearing the end of life. Affiliated with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties, Noyana will share some of their favorites for all to enjoy.

 

SATURDAY JULY 18TH

Creative Exploration of Death and Dying for Kids and Families

Saturday, July 18th, 10:00am – 12:30pm – Fletcher Free Library Lawn – 235 College St. (If rain: Pickering Room)

Art supplies and kid-friendly reading materials will be provided, with professional guidance, for young people to explore death and dying. Young people will have the opportunity to engage in art and play designed to create gentle opportunities to navigate this often complex topic. Adults are invited to discuss issues that might affect children with grief. Drop in anytime – stay as long or as little as you like.

Facilitators:

  • Ali Waltien – Certified Child Life Specialist, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Ally Parker, MA – Grief and Bereavement Coordinator & Camp Knock Knock Director, Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

It’s Your Funeral – Do it Your Way!

Saturday, July 18th, 1:30 – 3:00pm – Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.

Come learn about the wide variety of choices for funeral and memorial rituals, body disposition, and burial. Explore after-death planning documents, and begin to ponder how to design this experience for a loved one, or for yourself.

Panelists:

  • Josh Slocum – Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
  • Ron Slabaugh, PhD, MSSW – Home-Based Death Care Consultant
  • Lee Webster – Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources; President, National Home Funeral
  • Alliance; Board Member, Green Burial Council
  • A representative from the Vermont Funeral Directors Association will also join the panel.

Singing in the Rain: Weathering the Storm of Dementia with Humor, Love and Patience

Saturday, July 18th, 3-5pm – Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.

Vicky Ruppert and Ann Henderberg, authors of the 2014 Global Ebook Award-winning Singing in the Rain: Weathering the Storm of Dementia with Humor, Love and Patience, discuss the surprisingly comical, poignant, and tragic terrain of life as caregivers. They provide no-nonsense tips and ideas from picking the right doctor, working through the maze of financial issues, and aids for getting through each challenge, to the search for a good nursing home and the documents needed when applying for Medicaid. (This event sponsored by the Fletcher Free Library.)

Spiritual Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Life

Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 – 8:30pm – College Street Congregational Church –  265 College St.

How do spiritual beliefs help us think about death, and live better? Join in on a facilitated dialogue about death, dying, and life with spiritual leaders from the community.

Panelists:

  • Shimmy Cohen – Funeral Director; Co-Chair of the Jewish Cemeteries of Chittenden County
  • Ven. Nōwa Crosby – Priest, Vermont Zen Center; Chaplain, University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Reverend Ken White – Pastor, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington

Facilitator:

  • Ellen Fein, LCSW, CYT – Cancer Coach and Yoga Therapist

 

SUNDAY JULY 19TH

Death and Documents: The Business of Dying

Sunday, July 19th, 1:30 – 3:00pm – Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.

You know you need to do it….An introduction to the practical “business” elements of aging and end-of-life planning, including wills, trusts, power of attorney, guardianship, health care proxy, advanced directives and relevant insurances. Take care of it now so that your family doesn’t have to later!

Panelists:

  • Cindy Bruzzese – Executive Director, Vermont Ethics Network
  • Aaron J. Goldberg, Esq. – Founder, Aaron J. Goldberg, PLC, Elder Law & Trust Group
  • Carrie Noonan, RN – Nurse Case Manager, hospice and palliative/supportive care programs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont

End-of-Life Planning: One-on-One Q&A Session

Sunday, July 19th, 3:00 – 5:00pm – Lawn, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.

Here’s your opportunity to meet with experts one-on-one to receive information and guidance about end-of-life planning documents and decisions. Start on your advance directive, learn how to appoint a health care proxy, ask questions about the aid-in-dying law, and/or review an estate planning checklist. Several professionals from different backgrounds will be available to provide information. Drop in anytime – bring your questions!

 


EXTRA – COMMUNITY ORGANIZED EVENTS – INCLUDING TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY NIGHTS!

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – Tuesday, July 14 at 6:30pm- Local History Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.
Tom Corcoran will lead a discussion of Atul Gawande’s ground-breaking book “Being Mortal”. The bestselling author tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: How medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending.

Burlington Area Death Cafe – (Wednesday, July 15th, 5:30 – 7:00pm) Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.
The Burlington Area Death Cafe is sponsoring a Death Cafe during the Wake Up to Dying Project event. The Death Cafe is part of an international movement that started in Europe (www.deathcafe.com), the Death Cafes are dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly. This is an opportunity for community to come together in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere to have a respectful, engaging, thought provoking and life affirming conversation. Space is limited to 36. Please come early to get a seat!


WORKSHOPS AND DIALOGUES SPONSORED BY OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

Fletcher Free Library – BAYADA Hospice – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont – Burlington Health & Rehab – Aaron J. Goldberg, PLC, Elder Law & Trust Group – The University of Vermont Medical Center – Vermont Funeral Directors Association Burlington Area Members

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