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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 required – 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
Reunion: A Search for Ancestors by Ryan Littrell
Where do I come from? That question sets Ryan Littrell on a journey that crosses centuries, and leads to an ancestral homeland. An anonymous letter reveals the first clues about his family’s origins, and soon those clues take him to country graveyards, long-lost cousins, and a shocking DNA discovery. And as one hint follows the next, he uncovers the story of his Scottish ancestors–a tale of heartbreak, betrayal, and unfailing strength. A real-life account, Reunion shows how our ancestors are still a part of us, and how a place across the ocean can almost feel like home
About Your Host
Emily Stacken is a death doula and hospice vigil volunteer. She is one of the organizers of the Radical Death Series, a four-part series of conversations aimed to interrogate the phrase “good death” while prioritizing issues of racial equity, collective grief, and what it means to embrace death as inseparable from life. She attended United Theological Seminary and received a Masters of Arts in Leadership. Her final capstone, Radicalizing Death: A Death Positive Movement for Social Change, explores Ernest Becker’s concepts in The Denial of Death, and how this research informs the current Death Positive movement.
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org