Posted by AshlandDeathCafe
Hosted by Ashland Death Cafè Facilitation Team
June 15, 2016
7:00 p.m. (PST)
9:00 p.m. (PST)
To be held at a private location
This Death Cafe has taken place
About this Death Cafe
We're excited to host this next Death Cafè as summer approaches. As the days get longer, there is more light to shine on the questions and exploration of life and death. Join us to continue the conversation!
About Ashland Death Cafè Facilitation Team
Jen, Judith, Judy, Julian, Laurel, Michael, Pat and Selene
Ashland Death Cafe Facilitators:
Laurel Miller is passionate about working with people, young and old, around end-of-life topics. She completed the Anam Cara Program at the Sacred Art of Living Center. She volunteers with Compassion and Choices working with individuals and their families as they make their end-of-life choices. She’s a member of the Southern Oregon Hevre Kadisha. She leads workshops that support the participant’s desire to explore themselves and the mystery of life and death. Also a seasoned mediator, an independent coach and facilitator, Laurel is dedicated to supporting individuals and the conversations that they need to have before they are no longer able.
Selene Seltzer is a Clinical Healthcare Chaplain specializing in Palliative and End of Life Care. In private practice in Ashland OR, she offers psycho-spiritual counseling as well as mindfulness and somatic (body-based) support and training for those facing illness and injury, life transitions or loss. She works together with clients, their families, and healthcare providers to optimize emotional, social, spiritual wellbeing and quality of life. She is passionate about having a conversation about “What Matters Most?” and providing “whole-person” support and care to those wishing to live as well as they can, for as long as they can. You can find more info at Selene.Seltzer.com.
Julian Spalding is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant© with CYCLES OF LIFE, conducting personalized ceremonies to mark life's milestones (www.cyclesoflife.biz). He serves on AARP Oregon’s Diversity Advisory Council, sits on the board of Ashland at Home and is co-founder of Rogue Rainbow Elders. He is an enrolled member of the Osage tribe of Oklahoma. He lives in Talent with his husband Terry Brown. Julian publishes poetry at http://julianspalding.wordpress.com.
Pat Fitzsimmons is currently the volunteer "on-call" chaplain for Asante Ashland Community Hospice and has served with theorganization for the last seven years. He is ordained as an interfaith minister and spent 18 years living, working and teaching inintentional spiritual communities. Pat has continued his education here in Oregon completing four modules of the Richard Groves,Anam Cara training. Pat says: “I see myself as an anam cara, a soul friend and companion. I am ineffably drawn to abiding in the mystery of the moment with those in the dying process (and aren't we all).”
Jennifer Mathews is a writer, consultant and laughter yogini with a passion for uplifting the human spirit. After her life partner died in 2011, she began sharing her experiences of death, grief, joy and optimism to support others on their journeys (JenniferMathews.com). Jennifer works with the community outreach and training team forthe award-winning film Death Makes Life Possible. She's been facilitating conversations about death and the afterlife in various communities around the country. Her home base is Mount Shasta, CA.
Michael Cecil was born 1935, a Canadian from British Columbia, moved to Ashland 1998.An executive with a global non-profit organization for many years, is now retired. He has counseled many people during life’s final stages. His personal near-deathexperience brought many valuable insights. He serves as staff with School of Lost Borders sessions on the Practice of Living and Dying, has facilitated many workshops, including a series onElder Presence and is a Energy Healing practitioner.
Judy Dolmatch is a licensed clinical social worker, practicing in Ashland since 1988, with a specialty in life passages and trauma recovery.She teaches and performs Playback Theatre, improvisational theatre based on audience stories.She facilitates Zegg Forum, a group process that values authenticity and aliveness. With the death of her mother last year, she immersed herself in aprocess of exploring end of life issues, loss and grief through literature, media and ritual. Judy attended her first Death Cafe this year. It was so meaningful that she was motivated to become a facilitator for the Ashland Death Cafe.
Judith Milburn is a psycho-spiritual, Jungian oriented depth psychologist particularly concerned with making peace with one’s inner depths and learning to love ones self unconditionally, as the way to live fully and prepare for conscious dying. She says, “Death, has presented itself to me viewing my great grandmother lying in her casket in her darkened living room, hearing my grandfather before he died say he was hearing the angels sing, brushing my Mother’s hair moments after she had died, and sitting with my brother as he released his last breath. I am a student of this Great Mystery."
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