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Death Café – Circle of Sharing

March 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Death Café – Circle of Sharing

A unique opportunity to share what’s on your mind regarding this often-unspoken subject.  It’s not morbid, we promise!

Tuesday, March 19th, 1-2:45pm   North Beach Library, 850 Columbus Avenue

Death Café’s(http://deathcafe.com/what/) have been steadily gaining fans. At Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes.
Note:A Death Café is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.


RSVP not required but recommended: rsvp@nextvillagesf.org415-888-2868.

Book recommendation – Knocking On Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, Katy Butler – The Art of Dying Well

Katy just spoke at Book Passage in Corte Madera.

The Art of Dying Wellis about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with extraordinarily helpful insights and inspiring true stories, award-winning journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butlershows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. This handbook of step by step preparations—practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual—will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

Butler explains how to successfully age in place, why to pick a younger doctor and how to have an honest conversation with her, when not to call 911, and how to make your death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event.

This down-to-earth manual for living, aging, and dying with meaning and even joy is based on Butler’s own experience caring for aging parents, as well as hundreds of interviews with people who have successfully navigated a fragmented health system and helped their loved ones have good deaths. It also draws on interviews with nationally recognized experts in family medicine, palliative care, geriatrics, oncology, hospice, and other medical specialties. Inspired by the medieval death manual Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying,The Art of Dying Wellis the definitive update for our modern age, and illuminates the path to a better end of life.

Katy Butler’s articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. A finalist for a National Magazine Award, she lives in Northern California. She is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Doorand The Art of Dying Well.


March 19
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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