Celebrating Pride Through Poem-Making

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A poetic medicine workshop to celebrate Pride month for UCSF patients and staff

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The UCSF MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care and UCSF Art for Recovery are offering a one-time Poetic Medicine Celebration for our LGBTQ community.

Poem-making and listening is a form of healing that enables us to creatively express feelings and be surprised at the words that flow through us

YOU do NOT need to be a “poet” or a “writer”! Just be willing to have an adventure with words!

Offered by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet, of the MERI CENTER for Education in Palliative Care with MUSIC by Patrice Haan, Harpist with UCSF Cancer Center

In this one -hour session we will:

• Do brief self-introductions

• Listen to a poem or two

• Respond to the poems by simply repeating words or a line that resonates in you or makes you curious or questioning

The INTENTION is to stay focused in our hearts, rather than our minds. We will come to appreciate the opportunity to just listen to the words and to each other's responses to the words. This is different than "discussing" a poem, which is not the intention in our short time together.

• THEN we do short writing sessions (2-5 minutes) based on a prompt

• If you choose to read what you have written (which we encourage!), then others will again reflect back what lines resonate for them.

TUESDAY, JUNE 22 from 1-2 pm on ZOOM

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Organizer UCSF MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care

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The MERI Center is founded in the belief that, in a life of both blessings and struggles, a central opportunity for us all is to find meaning and our proper place in the Universe. Within our families and society, a core responsibility is to be of service to each other, helping those we love to face living with consciousness and comfort, and dying with peace. 
Building on the traditional strengths of cultures around the world and on the modern medical expertise of UCSF, the MERI Center is committed to making good care for people facing serious illness routine. Although we all wish to live lives as long and as happy as possible, inevitably, a healthy society includes normalizing and humanizing the inevitable processes of dying in our community.
To build a healing community, the MERI Center works to support patients facing serious illness, to train family and volunteer caregivers, to promote the competence and openness of professional health care teams, and to bring an openness to how our community sees death via the core domains of adult education imparting knowledge, developing skills, and fostering healthy attitudes.

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