How can we develop a values centered approach to our end of life? 

A workshop  series for people of all ages and stages, who want to be empowered at the end of life and who want to provide care to others with knowledge and compassion.  

Four Week Workshop Series-
Foundation One- Investigate
  Awakening to Life and Death
What factors shape your quality of life?

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Four Week Workshop Series 
Mondays, 2:30-4:30
January 7th-February 4th
(No class on MLK day, 1/21)

Location: Sebastopol Area Senior Center  
167 N. High Street
​Sebastopol, California 95472


For More Information on Sebastopol Area Senior Center Registration: Contact Tess Lorraine
 Speakingofdeath@icloud.com






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Explore
 Your Choices​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Interactive and mulit-media workshops on what impacts  our choices.

January 7th

  • Personal and Cultural Percptions in Planning for End of Life

January 14th  

  • The Transformative Nature of Loss and Grief.  

January 28th

  • Relevance and Purpose in Aging, Illness and Dying. 

February 4th- 

  • Giving and Receiving Support in Our Relationships.




A death denying norm is reinforced by an age denying culture, as well as a perception of disease as a a battleground.  How could have we been prepared for a chapter that would include a series of losses and end with our dying?  In ignoring the final stage there is a blind spot in our perspectives about what is possible when we begin to slow down and release our previous conditioning.  It is a rich time of connecting with ourselves, the planet and with one another in fresh and meaningful ways.  Our sense of purpose changes.  How we choose to spend our time and what we share with others is in service of what we most value.  When we don't look towards these horizons it can result in the loss of the opportunity to leave a positive dying legacy and to set the stage for us to die with peace and ease.  This workshop is instrumental to opening new doors towards what is possible in the face our dying. 
How do you communicate about and make your  decisions about end of life? 

Four Week Workshop Series-
Foundation Two- Design
Designing Advanced Directives
Getting Your Paperwork in Order

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Design​
​Setting the Groundwork

A creative and engaging approach
to designing our advanced directives and getting our affairs in order.
 

February 11th

  • Medical Advocacy
  • Exploring Agreements, Expectations and Entitlements of Medical Advocates.

February 25th  

  • Advance Medical  Directives: Understanding   The Changing Nature of Our Medical Choices.

March 4th
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  • Important Paperwork To Have In Order For Your Loved Ones and Professionals

March 11th  

  • What is Unfinished In Preparatin for   Final Stages


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Four Week Workshop Series ​
Mondays 2:30-4:30
February 11th and 25th,
March 4th and 11th 

Location: Sebastopol Area Senior Center 
167 N. High Street
​Sebastopol, California 95472








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With the complexities of medical interventions,  longer life spans, and potential loss of personal agency, our wishes are more complex than whether or not to "Pull the plug"  In a culture of self sufficiency, we don't know how to easily function within dependencies.  Medical advocacy may be the most important request we ever ask of others, including medical professionals.  As we consider an end of life plan that expands beyond medical directives it's helptul to explore the breadth and depth of our wishes.  This workshop series is a highly interactive,  multi-media approach to having a clear understanding of our choices and getting affairs in order that could otherwise create chaos and conflict during crucial decision making moments and continue after our passing. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
What Do You Have In Order For Your  Loved Ones, Caregivers and Professionals?  

Four Week Workshop Series
 Foundation Three- Implement
Understanding the Groundwork
Developing A Functional Plan




Four Week Workshop Series
Sebastopol Area Senior Center
Sebastopol, Ca.

Mondays 2:30-4:30
March 18th, 25th
April 1st, 8th

For More Information on Sebastopol Area Senior Center Registration: Contact Tess Lorraine
 Speakingofdeath@icloud.com


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Implement:​​​​

A Dying Legacy
The pathway to implement our wishes  


March 18th-
  • Stewardship-  How Can I Share My Belongings and Finish Business Before I Die?

March 25th 

  • Medical Options- What is the difference between, Curative, Palliative and Hospice Care? ​



April 1st- Sebastopol Senior Center

  • ​End of Life Options Act-  What does it mean? What are the Qualifications and Protocols? 


April 8th- 

  • Legacy- What Kind Of  Rituals, Burials and Ceremonies Are Available Surrounding My Death.
 We can be empowered at the end of our lives to release and graciously offer what we have accumulated, not only in regard to our material possessions, but also in making choices that reflect our wisdom.  These choices are both complex and consequential not only in the quality of our lives but in the impact we have on those we care about.  Medical interventions are encouraged during illness and it's difficult to know when it's time to turn our attention towards completion.  This series provides invaluable information from experts in the field on how to get support that is available in a time where both you and your loved ones need it the most.  
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How are you going to make your choices?


Four Week Workshop Series
 Foundation Four- Endings

Beyond Advanced Directives

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Engagement​
​Empowering Our Final Stage

 
 April 15

  Organizing A Care Team

  • Creating a team approach for honoring physical, emotional and spiritual needs. 

 April 22

  Communication Channels 

  • Structuring communication outlets for circles of support.

April 29

  What Is A Death Doula?

  • Professional support to assist final transitions

 May 6

Celebrants 

  • An alternative approach towards sharing in our end of life passages
 


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Four Week Workshop Series ​
Dates:  April 15 - May 6

Location: Sebastopol Area Senior Center


For More Information on Sebastopol Area Senior Center Registration: Contact Tess Lorraine
 Speakingofdeath@icloud.com

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Once we know that we are in our final chapter we can begin to cultivate an environment that honors the sacred ground of our passing.  It includes organized support from our social networks, communicating affectively with our broader communities and creating a structure that that can be wholistic and beauty filled.  Traditions, rituals,  meaningful environments and well thought out agreements can make the difference between a chaotic and potentially traumatic dying legacy and one that brings joy, hope and deeper connection to life for those who hold us. 
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What Will Be Your Dying Legacy?