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Join us for the Lakewood Book Club, where we read and discuss books covering topics related to death, loss, and grief, as well as what it means to live in the presence of death and dying. This quarterly series will feature a new book with a different topic of discussion.
Registration is recommended – spaces are limited.
You will need to purchase your own copies of the books (or audio books) and read through them ahead of the event. We encourage shopping locally and buying your books through our neighbors at Magers and Quinn or other local booksellers, or finding the book through your local library.
Depending on the number of attendees, we will either have a large group discussion or break out into smaller groups. Discussion questions and topics will be provided to spark conversation, but we encourage you to bring your own questions as well!
About This Month’s Book
Being with Dying by Joan Halifax
In this long-awaited book of inspiring and practical teachings, Buddhist teacher Joan Halifax offers the fruits of her many years of work with dying people. Inspired by traditional Buddhist teachings, her work is a source of wisdom for all those who are charged with a dying person’s care, who are facing their own death, or who are wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. Halifax offers lessons from dying people and caregivers, as well as guided meditations to help readers contemplate death without fear, develop a commitment to helping others, and transform suffering and resistance into courage. She says, “Why wait until we are actually dying to explore what it may mean to die with awareness?”
About Your Host
Emily Stacken, is a trained End-of-Life / Death Doula, and gained her certification through Going With Grace. Emily leads Communications for the MN Death Collaborative and is a Hospice Volunteer for Sholom Hospice. She also provides grief support and resources for organ donor families at LifeSource. She attended United Theological Seminary and received a Masters of Arts in Leadership. Her capstone project, the Radical Death Series, prioritized issues of racial equity, collective grief, and what it means to embrace death as inseparable from life.
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Lakewood Heritage Foundation
This event is free however we invite you to make a donation to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation. Donations to the Lakewood Heritage Foundation support educational programming and the preservation and restoration of Lakewood’s landscape, art, architecture and public spaces—for the benefit of all.
You can donate when you purchase your ticket, or on the Lakewood Heritage Foundation page.
Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org