Fall Events 2019

Sept – November 2019

Death Café
                         Facilitators: Arlene Lowney, Lynn Wetreich

Sun. Sept.  15, 2019   2  –  3:30 pm 

John Weeks Senior House [Press # 16 to enter the facility]
7 Hereward Rd. 
Newton Centre 02459          

Safe space to speak about death, dying, grief; hear other’s thoughts. Death Cafe brings friends and neighbors together for conversations, creative arts project, beverages & snacks.

How to Choose, or Be A Healthcare Proxy  Presenter: Arza Goldstein                                   
Tues. Sept.  17, 2019   9  –  10:30 am                                     
CEU/Contact Hrs.

Newton Senior Center 
345 Walnut St. Newton 02460                  
Register 617-796-1660.

Who to consider, how to choose and how to be a Health Care Proxy [HCP].    
Light snacks.      

Think about what really matters to you -  share with your loved ones, Health Care Proxy, MD and  your EMR.

                                                                                                    
The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning   Presenter: Arlene Lowney RN MBA

Tues. Sept. 24, 2019     6  – 7 :30 pm      
Sponsor: Good Shepherd Community Care      

Newton Free Library   
330 Homer St.   Newton 02459                                           
CEUs/Contact Hrs.

Margareta Magnusson instructs us to gently, joyfully put our affairs in order, a form of personal ‘death cleaning’ rather than leaving it to our children after we die. Hear engaging lifecare Plan conversations that are uplifting but not overwhelming using photographs, music and memory.

 Green Burials: What to do with grandma’s body?
 
Presenter: Kate Mason RN                                                    

Sun. Oct. 6, 2019  12  –  1 pm                          Presenter: Joan Pillsbury RN

First Unitarian-Universalist Society of Newton Chapel
1326 Washington St.
Newton, MA 02465                                         

Refreshments served

Come learn about green burials in MA - see a video of Steelmantown Cemetery burial practices in N. J. Time for Q & A, conversation and light refreshments.

Harness the Power of Music: Bring Back the Joy      Presenter:   Jan Maier RN

Oct.  Date will be determined

Fall 2019                                                  
CEUs, Contact Hours

Nurse researcher and musician/singer, Jan’s lively interactive workshop for caregivers, PWAlZ & others shows how to incorporate music into daily life, bringing joy, building connection, memory. Resources available.

 

‘Incorporating the Arts & Humanities in Death and Dying Education’    

Supported by Mass Humanities

‘Conversations Across the Generations’
Presenter: Ashley Clements MDiv        

Fri.  Nov. 1,  2019         1 – 3:30 pm                                 

Supported by Mass Humanities

Boston College Connell School Nursing/NPs                      
CEU/Contact Hrs requested.    
Refreshments served  

Location: Fuller Hall 
140 Commonwealth Ave.   
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Classroom: Fuller Hall # 245

Parking: Beacon St. Garage. A short walk to Fuller Hall                   

Learn how use of the arts and the humanities and cross-generational discussions can help educate, nurture and inspire us to normalize conversations about what’s really important to us – across the generations - about death and dying, grief and loss in our healthcare, education, home and community settings.

                                                                                                                            

‘The Art and Soul of Palliative Care’                 
Presenter: Sandra Bertman PhD

Fri. Nov  8, 2019     1 –  3:30 pm  
                            
Supported by Mass Humanities     

BC Connell School Nursing/School NPs           
CEU/Contact Hrs. requested   
Refreshments served

Classroom: Mahoney Hall #365                                          
140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Parking: Comm. Ave Garage. A short walk to Maloney Hall
                                                                                                                          

This stimulating presentation reveals how the arts and humanities challenge, instruct and support us in our efforts to stay present with another’s suffering and to better understand our own. Using engaging imagery, Prof. Bertram shares how arts and humanities educate, nurture us and illuminate how the healing power of storytelling, music and song brings comfort and inspiration to all of us.

Spring 2019 Events-
Scroll down to see past events

‘Death Café’    Presenters: Arlene Lowney and Lynn Wetreich        

Sunday March 24 , 2019    2 pm – 3:30 pm             

John W. Weeks Senior Housing                   
7 Hereward Rd.  Newton Center, MA

Come together in a safe space to speak about death and its many facets; share beverages & sweets

                                                                                                        

‘The Conversation Project’ Presenter: Janet Gottler  

Tuesday 4/16/19   6 – 7:30 pm               

Boston Public Library - Faneuil Branch                                             
419 Faneuil St.   Brighton, MA  02135                                          

 

Mayor’s Proclamation: Presenter: Mayor Ruthanne Fuller
Honoring Living Wisely Dying Well and National Healthcare Decision Day      

Weds. April 17, 2019  5 – 6 pm                                          

Newton City Hall Rotunda                                           
1000 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02459        

Sponsor: Good Shepherd Community Care

Mayor Fuller will read City of Newton Proclamation to honor ‘Living Wisely, Dying Well,’ a non-profit initiative working locally to encourage important  ‘conversations’ and Health Care Proxy & Living Will completion.  Light refreshments to be served.

 

Bringing ‘The Conversation’ to Newton-Wellesley Hospital

Tues. April 23, 12 pm - 4 pm

Thurs. April 25,
   10 am - 2 pm

2014 Washington St.   Newton, MA 02459

Surgical Center Lobby (near Charlie’s Café East Wing)

  • ‘Conversation Project’ Starter Kits

  • Healthcare Proxy

  • Living Will form and flyers

  • Informative videos and more

‘The Gentle Swedish Art of Death Cleaning’       

Tues. April 30,   6-7:30 pm    Presenters: Jennifer Sax & Arlene Lowney

Newton Free Library Sponsors: Good Shepherd Comm. Care & Library
330 Homer St. Newton, MA                                             

 SWs and RNs:  CEUs and Contact Hours available

 Author Margareta Magnusson lives in Sweden, has traveled the world and now instructs us to gently, joyfully put our affairs and things in order, rather than leaving them to our children to do after we die. Hear a time to share heartfelt wishes about our own care later in life – a gift to our loved ones & to ourselves, ensuring that our wishes and theirs will be known and honored.

 

‘Conversations Across Generations’

Date TBD

Location: Lasell College                          Presenter: TBD

1844 Commonwealth Avenue,

Auburndale, MA 02466

Death Café                                          

Weds. May 22
Come together in a safe space to speak about death.
Share beverages and sweets.

Newton Cemetery
791 Walnut St                                                                 Presenter: Arlene Lowney Newton, MA 02459                                                        

Death Café                                          

Sunday Jan. 13, 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                                                         

 

2018 Events                                                      

‘The Conversation Project’

Thurs. Jan. 31,    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!

Hello Game, A fun card game that gets people talking

Sat. April 13, 2018
11 am – 2:30 pm
Myrtle Baptist Church Presenters: Chris Dillon & Arlene Lowney
21 Curve St.       
W. Newton, MA  02465                            

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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