Death Café                                          

Sunday Jan. 13, 2019
1 – 3 pm
     

Come together in a safe space to speak about death.
Share beverages and sweets.

John W. Weeks Senior Housing
7 Hereward Rd.                                                                 Presenter: Arlene Lowney Newton Center, MA                                                          

*Snow day: Jan. 20, 2019   1 – 3 pm 

                                                       

‘The Conversation Project’

Thurs. Jan. 31, 2019    10 – 11:30 am        

Newton Senior Center Presenter: Betsy Simmons MPH 345 Walnut St.  
Newtonville, MA 02460

Come to a safe space to learn more about ‘Conversation Project’ Starter Kits. Reflect and share your thoughts & experiences – help ensure your wishes for future care are known and honored.

‘Conversation Project’ resources are foundational materials created to help individuals have important conversations and communicate their own personal wishes - earlier and across the lifespan - to their loved ones, Healthcare proxy [HCP] and Healthcare providers. It may also help us to learn what our loved one’s values & preferences are and what matters most to them!

 
The ‘HELLO’ Game

Date and Location TBD:   

Presenters: Arza Goldstein and Arlene Lowney

‘Hello’ Game is a ‘Conversation’ card game that’s an easy and fun way to start conversations with friends and family about what matters the most to you. We supply cards, a guide – a great refresher tool and an engaging card game that has people talking.    See the video below

‘The Gentle Swedish Art of Death Cleaning’

Tues. April 30, 2019 
6 – 7:30 pm  
Newton Free Library 
Presenters: Jennifer Sax & Arlene Lowney

Sponsors: Good Shepherd Institute and Newton Free Library

Author Margareta Magnusson lives in Sweden and has traveled the world. Grandmother of 5, she instructs us to gently, joyfully put our affairs and things in order, rather than leaving them to our children to do after we die. We’ll also learn about this time to share our wishes about our care later in life. These are our special gift to our loved ones – and – to ourselves!

‘Living Wisely, Dying Well [LWDW]’ in Newton – Why Important, Why Now’

Sat. April 13 or April 20, 2019
11 am – 2:30 pm
Myrtle Baptist Church Presenters: Chris Dillon & Arlene Lowney
21 Curve St.       
W. Newton, MA  02465                                         

End-of-Life’ Doulagiver Community Training in Newton    

Presenter: Arza Goldstein RN

Date, Location  TBA

Basic caregiver education for the community is being offered to help us care for our loved ones in their home or ours – or another homelike setting - where most people want to be as they near the end of their lives. Come learn basic tenets of caregiving from an experienced end-of-life Doulagiver – and each other - to help improve the quality of caregiving and the quality of life.

2018 Past Events

Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00-8:30 PM

Death Cafe! at the Newton Cemetery Chapel
Newton Cemetery
791 Walnut Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Refreshments will be served, of course!

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea or coffee and discuss death.  The objective of a Death Cafe is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives”.

A Death Cafe has no agenda, objectives or themes.  It is designed to facilitate discussions about death and dying and is not a grief support group or counseling session.

For more information and details on Death Cafes go to deathcafe.com.  
Death Cafe is also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

June Events

Friday  June 8, 2018,  7:30 PM  

Newton premiere of “Living While Dying" 
A life-affirming film on how to face the fear of death by living life to its fullest

First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN)
1326 Washington St.
W. Newton, MA 02465

Suggested Donation $5 to 15

Join the “Living While Dying” filmmaker, Cathy Zheutlin, on a brave quest to face mortality with courage, humor and creativity. June 8th, ‘Living Wisely Dying Well’ and the ‘Over 60’s’ of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton are co-sponsoring a screening at 7:30 PM at 1326 Washington Street in Newton. Every screening is followed by Q & A with the filmmaker and invited guests.  

Click and see the movie trailer


 
 

Hospice & Palliative Care Panel

Friday  April 27, 2018,  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Allen Riddle Hall     
2014 Washington St.
Newton, MA  02462

Applications submitted for SW CEUs & RN Contact Hrs

‘Living Wisely, Dying Well’ has partnered with Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Good Shepherd Community Care to provide a panel discussion on Hospice and Palliative Care services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and in the wider community. Learn about the unique services available, Hospice and Palliative Care eligibility criteria, the referral process, timeline and advantages of earlier access to Palliative Care services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and at Good Shepherd Community Care in the community. 

Opening event – Refreshments served. Please join us! 
Space is limited. To register, click here.

Free parking at the Patient/Visitor garage near the East Entrance.
Vouchers will be on hand that day.


 

The Conversation Project –
How to Choose and How to Be a Health Care Proxy

Friday April 27, 2018,   4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Allen Riddle Hall
2014 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02462

Applications submitted for SW CEUs & RN Contact Hrs

Learn the role of a health care proxy and how to choose your health care proxy, a person who understands your care choices and will convey them clearly, if you are unable to speak for yourself.

Refreshments served. Please join us!


 

True Story Theater –
Talking About Death with Loved Ones

Saturday, April 28th, 2018,  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN)
1326 Washington St.
W. Newton, MA 02465

Admission $10 Students and seniors $8

Talking with loved ones about death and dying is difficult and often the conversation never takes place. Improv theater can deepen the dialog about what's important as we age and how we communicate our values to loved ones, and hopefully learn about their end-of-life wishes.


 

Funeral Panel -- Who knew I had so many options?  

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 AM -12:30 PM

Newton Cemetery
791 Walnut Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Applications submitted for SW CEUs & RN Contact Hrs

Newton Cemetery hosts three funeral professionals to discuss funeral practices and rituals, including green burials and more. Sharing our preferences and making our funeral plans in advance is a gift to our loved ones. Optional tour of the crematorium will be available after the presentation.

Refreshments will be served. Please join us!


 

Journey Songs Choir

Sunday, April 29, 2018  1:00 – 2:00 PM

Evans Park at Newton Corner
430 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458

Journey Songs, an interfaith choir based in Newton at First Unitarian Society, is committed to singing to people at the end of life. Hear how the healing power of music brings comfort and inspiration to the terminally ill, their caregivers and loved ones. Their songs come from many cultures and faith traditions. Singing is their gift and donations are gratefully accepted. Open only to residents and families at Evans Park due to space constraints.


 

Where the Love Begins’

Sunday April 29, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Rosen Auditorium at Brennan Library
Lasell College
80 A Maple St.
Auburndale,  MA 02466

Admission $10 Students and seniors $8

Suzanne Tanner's one-woman performance of song, poetry and music engages the audience with her passion, testimony and commitment.

‘Where the Love Begins,’ is a collaboration with her daughter, Tess, to define and divine...Forever Love. This memoir champions the Power of One to protect the environment, honor family, and inspire generations

Closing Event.   6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Refreshments served. Please join us.
 


Death Café                                          

Sunday Jan. 13, 2019      1 – 3 pm      
Come together in a safe space to speak about death.

John W. Weeks Senior Housing and its many facets and share beverages and sweets.

7 Hereward Rd.                                                                 Presenter: Arlene Lowney Newton Center, MA                                                          

*Snow day: Jan. 20, 2019   1 – 3 pm 

                                                       

‘The Conversation Project’

Thurs. Jan. 31, 2019    10 – 11:30 am        

Newton Senior Center Presenter: Betsy Simmons MPH 345 Walnut St.  
Newtonville, MA 02460

Come to a safe space to learn more about ‘Conversation Project’ Starter Kits. Reflect and share your thoughts & experiences – help ensure your wishes for future care are known and honored.

‘Conversation Project’ resources are foundational materials created to help individuals have important conversations and communicate their own personal wishes - earlier and across the lifespan - to their loved ones, Healthcare proxy [HCP] and Healthcare providers. It may also help us to learn what our loved one’s values & preferences are and what matters most to them!

 

The ‘HELLO’ Game

Date and Location TBD:   

Presenters: Arza Goldstein and Arlene Lowney

‘Hello’ Game is a ‘Conversation’ card game that’s an easy and fun way to start conversations with friends and family about what matters the most to you. We supply cards, a guide – a great refresher tool and an engaging card game that has people talking.    See the video

‘The Gentle Swedish Art of Death Cleaning’

Tues. April 30, 2019 
6 – 7:30 pm  
Newton Free Library 
Presenters: Jennifer Sax & Arlene Lowney

Sponsors: Good Shepherd Institute and Newton Free Library

Author Margareta Magnusson lives in Sweden and has traveled the world. Grandmother of 5, she instructs us to gently, joyfully put our affairs and things in order, rather than leaving them to our children to do after we die. We’ll also learn about this time to share our wishes about our care later in life. These are our special gift to our loved ones – and – to ourselves!

‘Living Wisely, Dying Well [LWDW]’ in Newton – Why Important, Why Now’

Sat. April 13 or April 20, 2019
11 am – 2:30 pm
Myrtle Baptist Church Presenters: Chris Dillon & Arlene Lowney
21 Curve St.       
W. Newton, MA  02465                                         

End-of-Life’ Doulagiver Community Training in Newton    
Presenter: Arza Goldstein RN

Date, Location  TBA

Basic caregiver education for the community is being offered to help us care for our loved ones in their home or ours – or another homelike setting - where most people want to be as they near the end of their lives. Come learn basic tenets of caregiving from an experienced end-of-life Doulagiver – and each other - to help improve the quality of caregiving and the quality of life.

 

 www.livingwiselydyingwell.org                              www.theconversationproject.org
arlene.lowney@gmail.com Arza.goldstein@gmail.com

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