September 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  
Death Cafe is also on Facebook and Twitter.


June Events

Friday  June 8, 2018,  7:30 PM  

Newton premiere of “Living While Dying" 
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.


Our Sponsors

It is with gratitude that we thank our partners and sponsors for
helping us to make this ‘Living Wisely, Dying Well’ program possible.
Your commitment to ongoing conversations and completing a
personal Health Care Proxy is a cause we're all committed to. 
We’d like to thank the following for their support and encouragement:
Good Shepherd Community Care, The Conversation Project; Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI); National Healthcare Decisions Day; Newton Senior Center; Lasell Village & Lasell College; First Unitarian Society in Newton, Myrtle Baptist Church; Newton Cemetery, and Benchmark Senior Living.