Death Cafe profile for Sherry Gilles


Location: United States

About Sherry Gilles:

I am a retired RN. I worked on an orthopaedic/spine unit for fifteen years in Indiana. I then worked as an RN for a major insurance company for seven years. I am going blind so I am reetired now..

I hosted a Death Cafe in Earlville, IL at Pagan Spirit Gathering in June 2013. I think it was the first one held at a camping site.

I facilitated a Death Cafe in Joliet, IL at the Universal Unitarian Church October 5, 2013.

I  am now a Certified Death Midwife having taken classes and acquiring certification as of October 13, 2013.

I facilitated a Death Cafe in Crete, IL 2014 and a second one for Pagan Spirit Gathering in June 2014.

My latest Death Cafe was held December 14, 2016 at the Urbana Free Library.

My next Death Cafe is slotted to take place at Unity Church and Spiritual Center on March 4, 2017. 

 

 

 

 


What brings you to Death Cafe?

I am comfortable in working with people who are dying. I had much loss in my life starting quite early.

I like helping people feel comfortable talking about Death.

I've been looking for my niche since I had to retire in 2012. I think I've found it in Champaign County, IL. Although my vision continues to worsen I have and use great public transportation.


What would you like your legacy to be?

I would like to know if some of the seeds I've planted sprouted and flourished. 


Thoughts for sharing:

If you want to see the gods laugh tell them your plans.


Contact Sherry Gilles



Sherry Gilles's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe: Chambana Death Cafe July 2017

Posted by Sherry Gilles on May 12, 2017, 6 p.m.



With Sherry Gilles

July 15, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (central, daylights saving time)

Please donate directly to Death Cafe!


Free to attend. Come as you are. Bring your sense of humour if you can. This is not a support group for the recently bereaved. We offer a comfortable and ...



Death Cafe write up: Chambana Death Cafe May 2017

Posted by Sherry Gilles on May 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.


Our most recent death cafe was held on May 3, 2017 at the Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL. The library does not endorse organizations, topics or presentations but is kind to provide free meeting space for non-profits once a month.

 

There were a total of ten of us around the table. Several people were new to participating in a death cafe. 

 

After a round of introductions the conversation covered popular themes like green burials, cremation versus traditional burial in a cemetery and the usage of vaults to keep cemeteries from caving in. Mushroom suits and being planted as a tree were interesting topics some brought up.

 

Family ...



Death Cafe: Chambana Death Cafe May 2017

Posted by Sherry Gilles on April 2, 2017, 3:38 a.m.



With Sherry Gilles

May 3, 2017, 6.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

Free, suggest you donate to www.deathcafe.com if you are so inclined.


No RSVP necessary but happy to try to answer questions if you choose to email them. You may bring a child to the event if you wish. There is also ...



Death Cafe write up: Chambana Death Cafe March 2017

Posted by Sherry Gilles on March 21, 2017, 12:32 a.m.


Chambana Death cafe March 4, 2017 was held at the Unity Church and Spiritual Center in Urbana, IL. There were 13 of us and six people were new and, some were not. There were about four no shows also.

 

Three people found us through the death cafe website and several through public FB event posting. Also the church advertised through their bulletin as well.

 

Eve joined us at the last death cafe and this time brought cake. She is an archaologist with the U of I and  has been involved in human remains excavation in IL among her many responsibilities.

 

Deb is a minister at the church. She ...



Death Cafe: Chambana Death Cafe March 2017

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Jan. 29, 2017, 4:40 p.m.



With Sherry Gilles

March 4, 2017, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (central)

Free


Come and share your stories, insights and cake! with people who are sharing their own stories and insights on death. 

Wear comfortable clothes and, if you can, a sense of ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Chambana

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Jan. 2, 2017, 3:30 p.m.


Chambana Death Cafe was held on the evening on the fourteenth of December, 2016, at The Urbana Free Library in Urbana, IL.

There were six attendees; one could not appear in person. Four had never attended a death cafe before. Two were associated with the University of Illinois and death research is part of their jobs. One was also an Uber driver, one was retired and one woman, a nurse, stated she had authored a child's book on death and I got a peek at it before she left as her friend had it on hand. Finally the one who was in absentia had sent me a ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe Chambana

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Nov. 8, 2016, 1:44 a.m.



With Sherry Gilles and Raymond Anderson

Dec. 14, 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. (CST)

free


Both Sherry and Raymond are comfortable talking about death having sustained many losses early in life.

Sherry writes poetry, much of it with an existential twist and Raymond has a ...



Death Cafe write up: 2nd PSG Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Aug. 23, 2014, 1:32 p.m.

Sherry Gilles and Raymond T. Anderson offered Death Cafe to participants at Pagan Spirit Gathering for the second year in a row. Sherry is a Certified Death Midwife and Raymond T. Anderson is a musician and historian.

Topics touched on were end of life care including the work of ministers and death doulas, hospice and personal experiences of the eleven attendees.

This Death Cafe was welomed and well-attended. Because this event took place at a time when two other workshops were scheduled many people also contacted me before and after wishing there were more time slots available and initiated their own conversations with Sherry about death and dying ...



Death Cafe: 2nd PSG Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on June 10, 2014, 2:17 p.m.



With Circle Sanctuary - Pagan Spirit Gathering 2014

June 17, 2014, 1.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. (CST)

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Hosting the conversations around death is important in order to support our community members and friends. Pagans generally acknowledge all seasons of life but, as with the general population, some ...



Death Cafe write up: Crete, Illinois Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on June 9, 2014, 8:59 p.m.


We expected about a dozen people to come to this Death Cafe but had a number of cancellations due to illness. 

Six people came to discuss death topics such as loss of a loved one and what types of funeral or cremation ceremony might suit each person the best. End of Life conversations, having taken place or not, were discussed and how it affected each participant. 

One guest arrived later and discussed the effects of radiation on the body and how certain types of radiation caused death.. 

We served snacks, chicken and noodles, cake and various libations. I received evaluations from all attendees. All said they would be ...



Death Cafe: Crete, Illinois Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on March 10, 2014, 3:08 p.m.



With Sherry Gilles and Raymond Anderson

March 29, 2014, 2.00 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Central)

People who are coming may bring a gift of food or drink if they so desire.


This death cafe will be offered at Sherry's home in Crete, IL to friends and family as well as to others, locally, who might hear about it through others ...



New Blog post: On Becoming a Certified Death Midwife

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Feb. 27, 2014, 1:34 a.m. 15 comments


I attended Death Midwife Certification Intensive training in Bannockburn, IL with Earth Traditions, a Pagan community for People of the Earth. Training was completed on 10/13/13. I am now a Certified Death Midwife.

Training is centered around supporting the provision of dignified and sacred end of life care to loved ones before, at and after the moment of death. The skills are not medical in nature but spiritual, traditional, hands-on and loving as ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe in Joliet, IL

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Feb. 6, 2014, 1:22 p.m.


We expected about twenty people to come to this Death Cafe but had a number of cancellations due to the incredibly rainy weather and threats of storms.

About twelve people showed up to discuss death topics such as loss of a loved one and what types of funeral or cremation ceremony might suit each person the best. End of Life conversations, having taken place or not, were discussed and how it affected each participant. 

One guest came in at the last minute and she shared some good stories from the past about death. 

Our hosts served snack food and cake. I only received a couple of evaluations as ...



Death Cafe write up: Pagan Camp Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Oct. 4, 2013, 1:23 a.m.


    Sixteen people came to the Death Cafe hosted by Sherry Gilles with the
    assistance of Raymond T. Anderson on June 18, 2013 at Pagan Spirit
    Gathering in Earlville, IL.

    We sat in the shade of a giant old tree at and around a weathered
    picnic table and shared cinnamon apple sun tea, lemonade, moon pies, nuts,
    dutch apple crumb cakes, candy and other snacks.

    We started off discussing a few questions from the Death Anxiety
    Questionairre by Conte, Weiner and Plutchik. (1982 "Measuring Death
    Anxiety").

    We discussed the loss of parents and other loved ones. Two women
    shared their present experience with a loved one who is dying ...


Death Cafe: Pagan Camp Death Cafe

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Oct. 4, 2013, 1:10 a.m.



With Sherry Gilles

June 18, 2013, 2.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. (CST)

free


Our pagan community has experienced many deaths this past year. Pagans are often likely to acknowledge the circle of life but still have trouble finding people to talk with about ...



Death Cafe: Death Cafe in Joliet, IL

Posted by Sherry Gilles on Sept. 27, 2013, 6:37 p.m.



With Sherry Gilles

Oct. 5, 2013, 3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. (CST)

free


Sherry Gilles has experienced much death in her personal life over the years and worked for fifteen years on a hospital clinical floor in Indiana. She often took care of ...





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