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Exploring Healing Through Poem-Making: For Women with Gynecological Cancers

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A creative circle of reflection via poem-making for women with Gynecological cancers.

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“Everyone alive has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal.” (Rachel Naomi Remen)Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author & Poet, of the MERI CENTER for Education in Palliative Care will guide us in using poem-making to explore our feelings, fears and ideas about life, health and healing.

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.

o The INTENTION is to stay more focused in our hearts, rather than our minds.

o 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.

SECOND TUESDAY of the MONTH at 4:15-5:15 PM PDT

• May 11 4:15-5:15

• June 8 4:15-5:15

• July 13 4:15-5:15

You DO NOT need to be a writer or a poet to join these sessions!

You will be surprised by the words that flow through you!


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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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