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A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.

BJ Miller, MD, a hospice and palliative medicine physician and former director of the Zen Hospice in San Francisco, has recently published
A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death.

He and co-author Shoshana Berger have created an ‘all encompassing action plan for the end of life’. Ira Bycock, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Director, Institute for Human Caring says: “When it comes to the final journey, we are all beginners. Navigating the complexities of serious illness (and ageing) requires grace and grit. With elegant simplicity and tender, earthy honesty, this beginner’s guide explains how to prepare, what possible routes you might take, mi-turns to avoid and the beauty you might see along the way.”

For more information on BJ Miller view his TedTalk on YouTube or
listen to a recent interview on FreshAir (December 3, 2019)

As Vietnam Veterans Age, Hospices Aim to Meet Their Needs

In addition to high rates of disability and psychological issues, some vets facing the end of life are confronting long-suppressed memories of the traumas of war.

Credit…Nick Hagen for The New York Times read more

Oct. 26: Film screenings

Alternate Endings: Six New Ways To Die In America, and Funeral Pyre. If you missed these two recently released HBO films, here’s a chance to view them for free, with discussion to follow. Starting at 3 p.m. at Colorado College. Alternate Endings, directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill, offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are choosing to both find meaning and celebrate life as it comes to an end. As the baby boomer generation approaches death, more people are rethinking the ways end of life is recognized, and are deciding to take control of what will happen when they die. Touching and heartfelt, the documentary spotlights a subject some might rather avoid, and presents it in a positive and thought-provoking manner, featuring stories of empowerment instead of avoidance. Funeral Pyre is a short film based on the end of life and CEOLP-facilitated cremation of beloved Crestone community member Aliyah Alexander. Poignant and beautifully produced.

Oct. 19: Art to Contemplate Mortality Workshop

Here is another opportunity to gently open yourself to the
transformational power of facing our shared human reality.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with location
information when you sign up. $50 fee includes materials
and refreshments. Led by artist and death midwife Allison
Wonderland and somatic/art therapist Judith Oakland, with
artist and art educator Noah Baen. This hands-on workshop
intersperses periods of meditative quiet and reflection with
immersive, even playful forms of art expression.
Intentionally approachable and inspiring art materials and
simple techniques with tissue paper and Soul Collage will
be easy, even fun for anyone. No art experience is required.
“We’ll use the senses to get beyond mental thoughts and
concepts and engage heart and spirit in an exploration of
personal questions as we sink deeply into the emotional and
spiritual levels, and the unknown,” Noah says. Limited
space; limited scholarship support is available. Contact
Noah to register: noahbaen@yahoo.com, 917-392-6962