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MWP Conversations: Endings

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First Unitarian Society

900 Mount Curve Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT

Endings

April 13, First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

9:00am-3:30pm

The MWP Conversations series is about using the power of women to shift narratives and effect change. At our April 13 event, the focus is on how to prepare, at any age, for one of the most intimate transitions of our life. How can we make our physical death, and grief and loss for loved ones, a more visible and speakable topic? The event will bring together personal storytellers, end-of-life caregivers, and holistic artists to help us embrace death and the grief process as a meaningful culmination of life.

Participants of all ages will come away with a greater appreciation of life, and the ability to celebrate our fleeting relationships. Tools and insights will open the door to more intentional endings.

NOTE ON TICKETS: We have limited seating because of sitdown lunch. We have discount tickets available until March 10. We will have a waiting list for comp tickets that are available on a limited basis thanks to donors; send a request to events@womenspress.com.



9:00-10am Social connections

Visit tables, water/tea/coffee and breakfast snacks

Tables to include: elder care facilities; dementia services; palliative, hospice and end-of-life specialists; Compassion & Choices legislation advocates; elderly LGBTQ+ connections; green burial and cremation; Active Voices action steps



10-11am Opening Session: Invocation & Intentions

Q&A with breakout session moderators, who share their experiences with dying. To include: Jane Whitlock (doula), Anne Murphy (home vigils), Rebecca Thoman, M.D. (Compassion & Choices)... other names to be announced.

11-11:15am Visit tables, water/tea/coffee




11:15am-12:30pm An Opportunity to Go Deeper

Breakout Session #1: Proactively Prepare

  • How to manage your end-of-life decisions: directives, planning, elder care options
  • Knowing your rights, and being proactive with family and doctors
  • Conversation starters, and legislative action steps around dying with dignity

Breakout Session #2: Philosopher's Circle

  • Open discussion: What do we think is ‘next?’
  • What is the atheist’s perspective?
  • Are we energy?

Breakout Session #3: Embrace the Spiritual

  • How can the process of dying, and its aftermath for loved ones, be a holistic experience?
  • The role of art, music, ritual, experiential exercises
  • Options for home vigils, celebrants



12:30-1:15pm Sit-down lunch

Keynote speaker LaDonna Redmond, "Making Grief Visible and Speakable"

After losing her teenage son Wade in 2018, community advocate LaDonna Redmond has been choosing to live in new ways. With grief as a constant companion, and the privilege of deep community connections, she has been exploring the healing energies that can come from experiencing loss in a more public way. When the stable forces of family and community are upended, what does loss require of us?

1:15-1:45pm Visit tables to learn about elder care options, legislative action, end-of-life planning toolkits, conversation circles, and more



1:45-2:50pm Storytellers in the Sanctuary

Conversations with featured guests about grief, loss, and empowerment through ritual. Topics to include: Questions to prompt conversations to plan ritual ... the role of touch, smell, music, art for dementia ... how other cultures embrace endings.


2:50-3:20 Voices of Impact: A Dementia Friendly Chorus


3:20-3:30 Final announcements/drawings



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