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UPCOMING EVENTS: Contemplative Retreat Day and Memorial Celebration

CEOLP/IFC will be holding its annual Contemplative Retreat for volunteers in March, at the beautiful Dragon Mountain Temple retreat site. The date has not been determined yet, but will most likely be either the first or third Sunday in March.

The day begins with an optional meditation in the ‘kiva’ zendo that is followed by ‘coffee-klatch’ welcoming. The morning proceeds with a talk or presentation followed by discussion. It has been suggested that we use a TedTalk ‘What really matters at the end of life’ by BJ Miller. BJ is a medical doctor focused on end of life/ palliative care and former director of the San Francisco Zen Hospice.

After a lunch break we will have a short period of meditation followed by a contemplative exercise. The day will close with a final sharing with participants before proceeding to the cremation site for the memorial celebration.

The memorial celebration is open to the entire community. During the ceremony we read the name of each person cremated at the site, as well as the names of those who were cremated in Crestone before CEOLP was established. We offer juniper for each and thank them for making the cremation site sacred and for blessing our service and lives with their presence. The ceremony generally takes place at 3pm.

Informed Final Choices and Crestone End of Life Project Accomplishments for 2016

Photo by Ted Tevye
  • Both organizations received Saguache County Sales Tax Grants: IFC was awarded $2500 towards creating a new website (this one), and CEOLP was awarded $1000 for maintaining and improving the cremation site.
  • Hosted two Death Cafes
  • Sponsored three public film screenings: ‘Speaking of Dying’; ‘Open-Air’, and ‘Lady Ganga: Nilsa’s Story
  • Hosted two CEOLP REGISTRATION parties
  • Offered two Art & Dying day-long workshops
  • Welcomed the Evergreen Montessori School for their second annual tour and discussion at the site
  • Hosted a Tibetan Buddhist practice retreat, attended by 15 out-of-town participants.
  • Stephanie Gaines, Founder-Director of IFC/CEOLP, gave a short presentation to a group of 125 people attending a retreat in Crestone
  • Held two volunteer work days at the cremation site
  • Organized a day-long contemplative retreat for volunteers
  • Hosted the annual CEOLP memorial service at the site, recalling and honoring all those who have consecrated the site by requesting the services of CEOLP
  • Served two cremations, the most recent attended by more than 250 guests

Throughout the year, CEOLP/IFC holds a monthly open meeting at the Little Shepherd Fellowship Hall, on the second Wednesday of the month. More than 20 people consistently attend each meeting.

This year, the Crestone Eagle published several feature articles on IFC and CEOLP.

Both CEOLP and IFC receive numerous (more than 100 this year) queries from around the country about our services in general and more specific questions on end-of-life issues.

To date, there are approximately 150 people registered with CEOLP.

Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.

For a broader understanding of what is involved in implementing ‘death with dignity’ laws, read the following article that appeared in the New York Times:

“Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.” by Paula Span for the NY Times

Credit: David Plunkert / NY Times
Credit: David Plunkert / NY Times

Governor Hickenlooper signs Colorado’s ‘Medical-Aid-In Dying’ Bill

An update on the End of Life Options Act in Colorado (Proposition 106): December 16, 2016.

Colorado has become the sixth state to allow terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live and suffering unbearable the option to request, obtain and if they so choose, self-administer a prescription medicine to bring about a peaceful death. Compassion and Choices, the nationally based organization that works to implement this option in select states, is launching the Colorado Access Campaign to ensure that dying people who are suffering have access to the law. To learn more, please click here.

CEOLP Volunteer Training Day February 4, 2017

Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for a general review of the CEOLP Cremation Implementation Manual, followed by area-specific training.

Email ceolp.info@gmail.com or call 719.588.7415 for information.