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The iPhone at the Deathbed

Families are photographing death at home. These photos may feel jarring on Facebook, but the practice itself has a long history.

“The impulse to photograph is the same as it was for the Victorians. They want to show they have seen their person through to the end. ‘I’ve done this work, I’ve loved her to the end.’ It’s your last bond, and you want to document that.”

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.

Miller and co-author Shoshana Berger have created an ‘all encompassing action plan for the end of life’. Ira Byock, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Director at the 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, mis-turns to avoid and the beauty you might see along the way.”

For more information on BJ Miller, view his TedTalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apbSsILLh28

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.

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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