End of Life Book Discussion Group Sponsored by Cancer Lifeline
April 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every month that begins at 2:00 pm on day Third of the month, happening 3 times
Confronting one’s mortality can be an ongoing struggle of living life to the fullest and having hope while accepting the end may be approaching. In this group, we will discuss A Beginner’s Guide to the End as an aid to approaching these difficult questions. Each session of this series will begin with an opening meditation, include a segment engaging a topic from a portion of the text, and encourage sharing amongst participants.
This discussion group is designed for people who have a cancer diagnosis with the potential for dying within one year. We will be using the book, “A Beginner’s Guide to the End: Practice Advice for Living Life and Facing Death,” as a springboard for discussion and creative activities to support individual and group exploration of the end of life.
In the January meeting, we will introduce ourselves with oral storytelling, share hopes and expectations for our time together, explore personal legacies through a creative process connected to the metaphor of a garden, and engage with the idea of an ethical will. Please read the Planning Ahead section prior to the first meeting, pages 1-82.
In the February meeting, we will focus on what is important now, allowing ourselves to imagine through the lens of “if I die tomorrow.” From bucket lists to simple pleasures, we will develop an intention for ourselves to support ongoing decision-making that is grounded in the things that are most important, unique to each individual. Please read the Dealing with Illness section prior to the second meeting, pages 83-184.
In the March meeting, we will focus on the ways we can live fully while dying. We will explore our hopes for relational transformation and end-of-life discussions with our loved ones as well as imagining our desired scene and setting for the end of life. Finally, we will use enacted storytelling and other narrative forms to support closure for ourselves and loved ones. Please read Help Along the Way and When Death is Close sections prior to last meeting, pages 185-400.
To support a sense of safety and comfort within the group, the group will be closed to new attendees after the day prior to the first group meeting. Group size will be limited to 10 attendees, so please register only if you feel you can commit to all three meetings (this is not a suggestion of required attendance, only a willingness to tentatively commit). This will be a very interactive workshop series, so videos will also be required to be “on” during each meeting.
If attended via video or obtaining a copy of the book poses a financial hardship for you, please reach out to the facilitator of the group, Pamela Krueger, at email@example.com. Please also reach out to her with any questions you have about the series.
For dial in:
We hope that you can join our Zoom meetings with video. If you are unable to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 297-2500 M-F 9am-5pm and we’ll provide a dial-in number.