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Lakewood Book Club: Being with Dying by Joan Halifax

January 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Garden Mausoleum Reception Area
Free | Registration is requested
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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. You are welcome to participate in the complete quarterly series or pick and choose the titles that most interest you.

Registration is recommended. Spaces are limited.

You will need to purchase your own copy of the book (or audio book) to read ahead of the event. We encourage shopping locally and buying your books through our neighbors at Magers & Quinn or other local booksellers, or checking it out from 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.

Lakewood Garden Mausoleum

This event will take place in the upper level reception space of our beautiful Garden Mausoleum. Signs will be posted directing you to the event location or click here for GPS navigation through Google Maps.

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

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