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End of Life Discussion Group
May 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
A Sense of an Ending
Reading & Discussion for Healthcare Professionals
Led by Deborah Lee Luskin, PhD
Mondays, April 10, April 24 & May 15, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Light dinner will be provided
Holt Conference Room, Grace Cottage Community Wellness Center
Sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice
“What makes life worth living?” Using a proven method of discussing literary works, we will gather to address this question through fiction, memoir and poetry. The meetings will give Practitioners a non-clinical opportunity to consider how their own medical practice and their institutions address end of life, caregiving and grief.
Windham County, the oldest county in the nation’s second oldest state, has large numbers of people in the final chapters of their lives, so this is an issue at the forefront of local medical care.
The program is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice, which has provided volunteer-based services and community support around issues of death, dying and grieving for over 35 years. It knows the fears and reticence of many to face the inevitable end of their own story. By entry through literature, this program offers a route into the personal and aims to foster conversations about the complexities of dying in the modern era. The group will meet on Monday evenings, 6-8, with a light meal starting at 5:30. Enrollment is limited to those who work in healthcare.
Deborah Lee Luskin, PhD, a 30-year veteran with Vermont Humanities Council programs and well-known to local audiences, has developed a varied reading list and will facilitate the discussions. She currently writes The Middle Ages, a monthly column in the Rutland Herald about the issues of middle age; she has recently filed her Advance Care Plan with guidance from BAH’s Taking Steps Brattleboro; and is currently caring for her elderly father. These experiences, combined with her literary expertise and facilitation skills, make her ideally suited to create and run this reading and discussion program with insight and compassion.
There is no charge to attend, however reservations are required. You may attend 1, 2 or all three of the evenings. Readings for each session will be sent prior to the dates via email or distributed at Grace Cottage Hospital.
To register, call Mickey at 365-3649 one week prior to attending your first session, and leave your name, phone number and your email address.