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Content here represents the voice of SIGNATURE SUNSETS, an informational initiative designed to broaden and brighten horizons in the funerary domain.

The material is an outgrowth of a pre-planning reference book, Pondering Leaves: Composing and Conveying Your Life Story's Epilogue, written by the author of this blog.

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Events

  An "EXITER UNIVERSITY" 

End-of-Life Event Planning Program


Next Topic: To Be Announced


Previous Programs:

June 2018 - Remodeling Mortality Awareness, from Menace to Prized Possession

April 2018 - Hospice: Origins, Operations, and Outcomes

February 2018 - Invigorating Obituary Composition

November 2017 - Music for Life Endings and Commemorative Proceedings


July 2017 - How To Talk To Family Members About End-of-Life Planning

May 2017 - Planning Customized Memorial Services

February 2017 - Meaningful End Points for Cremated Remains

November 2016 -  The ABCs of Alkaline Hydrolysis, Burial, & Cremation Processes

September 2016 -  The Gift of Preparedness for End-of-Life Management


June 2016 - Funeral Home Novelties and New Directions


WHERE:

Rochester Unitarian Church
220 South Winton Road
Rochester, NY

WHEN: 

Announced via this site, meetup.com (Rochester End-of-Life Planning)

6:00 - 8:00 pm

COST: 

Free

WHAT IS IT? 

Education for Enlivened Conclusions:

An opportunity to learn about matters rarely discussed in everyday life... to become intrigued, engaged, and enlightened by awareness of modern-day funerary revitalization.  

Classes are designed to be fun and entertaining by way of a diverse curriculum including slideshows, guest speakers, films, games, role playing, discussions, and more.

QUESTIONS:

passages@ponderingleaves.com

RSVP


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DEATH CAFÉ IN ROCHESTER, NY


WHERE: 

Legacy At Clover Blossom
100 McAuley Dr, Rochester, NY 

WHEN: 

Every other month; next session November 29, 2018 6:00 pm

Announced via this site, meetup.com (Rochester Death Cafe), deathcafe.com 

COST: 

No registration fee.  Bottled water and a dessert will be provided.

WHAT IS IT? 

A concept implemented in England in 2011 that has become popular in the U.S. and around the world.  As a non-profit initiative, its international presence is perpetually being augmented through increasing numbers of new groups.  Jon Underwood is the originator who inaugurated the first session, based on the writings of Bernard Crettaz, a sociologist in Switzerland who recognized the importance of talking about death.

Though the name implies a place, it is primarily an experience – an opportunity for individuals to gather as a group for relaxed discussions about various aspects of death.  There is no agenda or instructional menu. Conversations evolve spontaneously according to thoughts and expressions. There are no objectives.  This is not a support group for grief counseling or a class for funeral pre-planning.  It is simply a chance for a generally closeted topic to be brought out into the open.   

Certain ground RULES dictate a framework for such gatherings: 

Food must be available for consumption during discussions, symbolically representing a life sustaining measure to balance the focus on death.  The original model prescribed cake and tea or coffee, but food of any sort serves the purpose. 

Authenticity without pretenses is expected.  

Respect for others’ viewpoints is essential, with avoidance of contentious confrontations or critical judgments.

Confidentiality is critical. 

Proselytizing is prohibited.

Attentive listening is vital, with no use of phones or other electronic devices.

WEBSITE:

QUESTIONS:

passages@ponderingleaves.com




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