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What I Learned Photographing Death

Documenting the final moments between critically ill children and their families helped me come to terms with my cancer diagnosis.

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An Oral History of CEOLP

How did the Crestone End of Life Project come to be? What was involved in getting it off the ground, and how does it work? A public informational event in Crestone in late April provided clear, articulate and interesting answers to these and other often-asked questions. Listen to the audio from that event below:


Crestone End of Life Project: History, Overview and Pyre Site Tour

Sunday, April 28 from 1 to 4 pm: Come learn all about the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP), its history and how it works, including a guided visit to the beautiful open-air cremation site. The free event begins at the Crestone Baca POA meeting hall and continues at the nearby pyre site. It is hosted by the local non-profit CEOLP and its educational outreach branch, Informed Final Choices (IFC). CEOLP facilitates the only legal, non-denominational, community-based open-air cremation site in the country.

Meet at the POA hall, where CEOLP/IFC founder and director Stephanie Gaines will speak and answer questions about CEOLP’s history. Other volunteers will talk about the pyre site and the roles of volunteer teams that make CEOLP’s service possible, from the time of a registrant’s death to the gathering of ashes after a cremation. Open Air, a short film by Adam Sekular about the cremation of a beloved community member, will be shown.

The event then moves to the pyre site, which will be set up as it is in preparation for a cremation. CEOLP volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and share personal insights. For more information, contact Kelley Michelle (phone or text) at (719) 431-1339 or ceolp.info@gmail.com. Also visit informedfinalchoices.org.

I Could Face My Own Mortality, but My Son’s Was Another Story

After my near-death experience, I lost my fear of death. I didn’t expect to feel so blindsided when my son got leukemia.

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LeaveLight Workshop To Be Offered Again

January 12th: 

Overview of LeaveLight workshop will be offered October 12, 2019
End-of-Life Preparation Workshop Starts in January

If you’ve been putting off your end-of-life preparation tasks, join us for an 8-week workshop called “LeaveLight: Rest in Peace Before You Die,” offered in Crestone each Saturday from Jan. 26 to March 16, 10 a.m. to noon.

Led by Crestone resident Marcella Friel, LeaveLight provides group support, homework, and personal accountability to help you complete the practical, interpersonal, and spiritual tasks connected to your end-of-life planning. You’ll be as prepared as possible to leave this life with peace of mind, with minimal burden to your loved ones.

An introductory event is set for Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Crestone Baptist Church fellowship hall. Check the January Eagle for more details. LeaveLight is sponsored by the Crestone End of Life Project’s educational outreach arm, Informed Final Choices.

Saturday, October 12, 3 pm, preceding Threshold Choir “Sound Bath” at Shumei.

Tuition is $40 for the full program. For more information, contact Marcella at marcellafriel@yahoo.com.