[Libs-Or] Seeking hosts for free community conversations about death and dying

Annie Kaffen a.kaffen at oregonhumanities.org
Fri May 5 13:16:21 PDT 2017

*Seeking hosts for free community conversations about death and dying*

Death is a universal event that transcends many of the differences between
us, but it’s not something that we have regular opportunities to think and
talk about. Oregon Humanities developed the Talking about Dying program to
create more public opportunities to reflect on what stories and influences
shape our thinking about death and dying and to hear perspectives and ideas
from fellow community members.

Talking about Dying community conversations are free, ninety-minute
facilitated discussions geared toward public audiences (ages 15+). During
the program, participants talk together about questions such as:

   - What do we want—and not want—at the end of our life?
   - How might our family, culture, religion, and beliefs shape how we
   think about death?
   - How do access to care, geography, and desires to be remembered affect
   our decisions about the end of our life?

In 2015 Oregon Humanities ran a pilot series of thirty-eight Talking about
Dying conversations in partnership with Oregon public libraries; the
results were incredibly positive! More than 700 Oregonians participated
across twenty-four counties.

Thanks to the generous support of the WRG Foundation Fund of the Oregon
Community Foundation, in 2017, Oregon Humanities will offer thirty Talking
about Dying programs to communities throughout the state at no cost to
hosts or participants. Any Oregon nonprofit, tribe, or community
organization is eligible to host a discussion.

To host a Talking about Dying discussion, read more about the requirements
for hosting here <http://oregonhumanities.org/programs/talking-about-dying/>
, then submit an application at least six weeks before the requested
program date. Applications will be approved on a rolling basis while funds
are available. If you have questions, please contact Annie Kaffen at
a.kaffen at oregonhumanities.org or (503) 241-0543, ext. 116 <(503)%20241-0543>

*Annie Kaffen*
Program & Special Initiatives Manager
Oregon Humanities <http://oregonhumanities.org/>
a.kaffen at oregonhumanities.org
(503) 241-0543, ext. 116 or (971) 361-9882 (direct)

*"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with
someone else when you're uncool." -Lester Bangs (Almost Famous)*
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