July 12–17, 2016 – Traveling Exhibit Event – Burlington, VT

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit Event Schedule

July 12-17, 2016

Fletcher Free Library (235 College St.) & College St. Congregational Church (265 College)

The Wake Up to Dying Project aims to shift our cultural perspective on death from fear and avoidance toward acceptance – by inviting people to acknowledge death, be prepared for it, and live more fully 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 and hands-on engagement opportunities, to communities in a creative traveling exhibit.

For the second year in a row, our innovative end-of-life exhibit, complete with big white tents, will once again appear outside of the Fletcher Free Library, right in the heart of downtown Burlington from July 14–17.  Workshops, panels and chats will be held at the Congregational Church and the library July 12–17. 

WUTD---Burlington-Both-TentsVisitors to the Traveling Exhibit can:

  • listen to audio stories about death, dying and life,
  • add your bucket list goals to our massive chalkboard,
  • learn about and take away end-of-life resources,
  • attend a workshop, panel or “death chat”
  • bring what you learn and experience back to your home and community.

All events are free and open to the public


THE EXHIBIT TENTS HOURS – July 14-17

Thursday & Friday, July 14-15 11:00am – 7:30pm

Saturday, July 16, 10:00am – 7:30pm

Sunday, July 17, 10:00am – 5:00pm


WORKSHOP, PANEL and CHAT SCHEDULE – July 12-17

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

TUESDAY JULY 12

Burlington Death Café
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 – 8:00pm – College Street Congregational Church –  265 College St.
The Burlington Area Death Café is sponsoring a Death Café during the Wake Up to Dying Project event. The Death Café is part of an international movement that started in Europe and 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!

WEDNESDAY JULY 13

Exploring Caring for the Dying Through Poetry and Prose
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 – 8:30pm – College Street Congregational Church –  265 College St.
Have you cared for someone during the time of their dying? Reading, writing and sharing stories of caring for the dying can help us make meaning of our lives and our mortality, and enhance our capacity to support each other at the end-of-life. In this workshop, led by authors Marjorie Ryerson, Companions for the Passage: Stories of the Intimate Privilege of Accompanying the Dying, and Pamela MacPherson, Vigil: The Poetry of Presence, participants learn to explore the universal experience of death through literature and give voice to their own insights through poetry and prose. We will begin with readings by the authors then participants will be invited to try their own hand at writing a poem or short story.

Facilitators:
Pamela MacPherson – Author; Hospice Volunteer, VNA; Committee Member, Madison Deane Initiative
Marjorie Ryerson, MFA – Award Winning Author, Poet, Professor, State Representative & more

THURSDAY JULY 14

Spiritual Perspectives on Death, Dying and Life
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 – 8:30pm – College St. Congregational Church – 265 College St.
How do spiritual beliefs help us think about death, and live better? Join us for a facilitated panel discussion  about death, dying, and life with spiritual leaders from the community. Members of local Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Islamic faith communities will be present.

Panelists:
Imam Islam Hassan – Islamic Society of Vermont
Rabbi Jan Salzman – Congregation Ruach haMaqom
Carol Snow – Hospice Chaplain, VNA Hospice and Palliative Care; Member, Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center
Rev. Ken White – Pastor, College Street Congregational Church

Facilitator:
Michael Muzzy – Interfaith Minister, All Souls Interfaith Gathering

FRIDAY JULY 15

Death Chat
Friday, July 15, noon – 1:00pm – Fletcher Free Library Lawn – 235 College St. (If rain: inside library in the Community Room)
An informal, facilitated discussion about death, dying and life, on the lawn outside of the library. Bring a brown bag lunch and come listen or share!

Facilitator:
Janet Nunziata, MS – Associate Director for Education, UVM Center on Aging

Noyana Hospice Singers
Friday, July 15, 5:30 – 6:15pm – 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. Singers will be available to speak to the public and answer questions after their 30 minute concert.

Facilitator:
Camilla Rockwell – Co-founder, Noyana Hospice Singers

Living Well – Dying Well
Friday, July 15, 7:00 – 8:30pm – 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? A panel of community members and end-of-life care professionals share what they have learned, offering an opportunity for audience members to consider what living well and dying well mean to them.

Panelists:
Laurel Audy, RN, CHPN – Palliative Care Specialist, University of Vermont Medical Center
Zail S. Berry, MD, MPH  – Associate Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine; Attending Physician, UVM Medical Group; Medical Director, Birchwood Terrace Healthcare
Maryellen C. Corliss, RN, BSN, CHPN – Associate Director, VT Burlington Hospice; BAYADA Hospice
Bill Gagnon – Hospice Volunteer, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

Facilitator:
D. Brookes Cowan, PhD, MSW – Senior Lecturer, Emerita, Sociology Dept., UVM; Founding Chair, Madison-Deane Initiative

SATURDAY JULY 16

Navigating the Complexities of Death with Children and Teens: Tools for supporting youth in their experiences of grief
Saturday, July 16, 10:00am – 11:30am – College Street Congregational Church – 265 College St.
In this informational and experiential presentation, local grief and youth support experts will discuss the importance of talking to children and teens about death and grief. Techniques and tools for having these often challenging conversations will be shared, along with an overview of the varying needs children may present, based on their developmental stages. We have built in time for open discussion, so please feel free to come with questions! Appropriate for professionals working with youth, families who are grieving, and the general public.

Facilitators:
Ally Parker, MA – Grief and Bereavement Coordinator and Camp Knock Knock Director, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
Ali Waltien – MA, CCLS – Certified Child Life Specialist, University of Vermont Medical Center

Death Chat
Saturday, July 16, noon – 1:00pm – Fletcher Free Library Lawn – 235 College St. (If rain: inside library in the Community Room)
An informal, facilitated discussion about death, dying and life, on the lawn outside of the library. Bring a brown bag lunch and come listen or share!

Facilitators:
Amy Millington, MSW – Bereavement Coordinator, VT Burlington Hospice; BAYADA Hospice

It’s Your Funeral – Do it Your Way!
Saturday, July 16, 1:30 – 3:00pm – College Street Congregational Church – 265 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:
Greg Camp – Licensed Funeral Director; Executive Director, Vermont Funeral Directors Association
Josh Slocum – Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
Lee Webster – Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources; President, National Home Funeral Alliance; Board Member, Green Burial Council

Facilitator:
Nina Thompson – Executive Director, The Wake Up to Dying Project

Caring For Each Other Throughout the Death and Dying Continuum
Saturday, July 16, 6:30 – 8:30pm – College Street Congregational Church – 265 College St.
Come learn with us about how to coordinate different systems of end-of-life care that may include friends, family, volunteers, professionals and existing end-of-life organizations. Together we can influence how we each move through the death experience and bereavement, with conscious deliberation and in the embrace of a circle of family, friends, and a wider community. We will discuss intentional end-of-life support team models that inspire creativity and connection.

Community Participants:
Harold Abilock and Jill Abilock – Members, Waysmeet Sangha Community Undertaking; Katey Foster of Burlington, VT; Heidi Smith of Burlington, VT; Beth Stern of Plainfield, VT

Professional Participants:
Kristin Barnum, RN, BSN, MBA – Division Director, BAYADA Hospice
Greg Camp – Licensed Funeral Director; Executive Director, Vermont Funeral Directors Association
Janice Hall, MSW  – Director of Social Services, Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Birchwood Terrace
Sharon Keegan – Administrator of Vermont Respite House, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

Facilitators:
Nina Thompson – Executive Director, The Wake Up to Dying Project
Lee Webster – Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources; President, National Home Funeral Alliance; Board Member, Green Burial Council

SUNDAY JULY 17

After Death – Home Funeral Body Care
Sunday, July 17, 12:00 – 1:30pm – Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library – 235 College St.
Join in a live demonstration of after-death body care while learning about the legal ins and outs, what tasks need to be completed and by whom, and how families and friends can work together to meet the needs of the living during a home vigil.

Facilitator:
Lee Webster – Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources; President, National Home Funeral Alliance; Board Member, Green Burial Council

Death, Documents and “The Conversation”
Sunday, July 17, 2:00 – 3:30pm – Fletcher 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 agent, advance directives and relevant insurances and having the all-important “conversation” with your loved ones. Take care of it now so that your family doesn’t have to later!

Presenters:
Prema R. Menon, MD, PhD – Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, UVM Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine; Board Member, Vermont Ethics Network
Stephen A. Unsworth, Esq. – Estate Planning, Elder and Medicaid law, Unsworth Law, PLC
Christine Werneke, MS – Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

Facilitator:
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 17, 3:30 – 5:00pm – Fletcher Room, 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 agent, 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!

Professional Participants:
Prema R. Menon, MD, PhD – Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, UVM Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine; Board Member, Vermont Ethics Network
Stephen A. Unsworth, Esq. – Estate Planning, Elder and Medicaid law, Unsworth Law, PLC
Linda Waite-Simpson – Vermont State Director, Compassion & Choices
Christine Werneke, MS – Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
Michelle Acciavatti – End-of-Life Specialist, Ending Well


WORKSHOPS, PANELS AND CHATS SPONSORED BY OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS:

BAYADA HospiceBlue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontFletcher Free LibraryKindred Birchwood TerraceThe Madison Deane InitiativeNational Home Funeral AllianceUnsworth LawThe University of Vermont Center on Aging – The University of Vermont Medical CenterThe Vermont Ethics NetworkVNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

2 comments on “July 12–17, 2016 – Traveling Exhibit Event – Burlington, VT
  1. Pat Folsom says:

    So sad that I will not be home to attend.
    Where will it be next?

    • Nina says:

      Sorry we will miss you this year. We have no other events scheduled at this time. But keep an eye on us by subscribing to our newsletter on our website. More things are brewing!

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