Death Cafe profile for Kathy Miller, LCPC


Location: United States

http://www.mindfulnessmatters.net/

About Kathy Miller, LCPC:

Passionate advocate for safe, healthy families. Firm believer in the healing power of love, laughter, and forgiveness. Specialize in the creation of peaceful, meaningful, and mindful lives and relationships.


What brings you to Death Cafe?

The opportunity to inspire thoughtful conversation and mindful choices as we move toward our ultimate destination.


What would you like your legacy to be?

Always choose love.


Thoughts for sharing:

"The shadows are as important as the light." ~ Charlotte Bronte


Contact Kathy Miller, LCPC



Kathy Miller, LCPC's posts on the Death Cafe website


Death Cafe write up: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on May 4, 2017, 4:29 p.m.


Eight individuals, including six new folks, participated in last Friday's Windy City Death Cafe. Everyone actively participated, bringing conversation ranging from individual experiences of grief and loss to the experience of being present when a loved one dies to messages received from beyond the grave. We also covered the variety of body disposition options available today and useful documents for end-of-life planning. Asked to describe their experience of a Death Cafe, responses included "eye-opening," "fun," "refreshing," & "communal." A truly wonderful evening!



Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 23, 2017, 3:51 p.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC

April 28, 2017, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Donations to help cover the cost of refreshments are gratefully accepted!


We're all gonna die. You, me, and everyone we know and don't know.

Now that we've got that out of the way, let's talk about it ...



Art: Popcorn

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 17, 2016, 9:01 a.m. 2 comments


Popcorn

hehehe

Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Jan. 20, 2016, 12:51 p.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey, CHC

March 25, 2016, 7.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Suggested donation of $5 to cover refreshments.


Let's talk about death. Yours, in particular. It's going to happen, no matter how much you deny or avoid thinking about it. Yikes, right?

But wait! What if ...



Link: Trauma Workers Find Solace with the "Pause."

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Sept. 28, 2015, 8:06 a.m.


Death Cafe write up: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on June 10, 2015, 1:28 p.m.


Fifteen guests gathered together on an intermittently sunny and rainy Sunday afternoon at 2nd Unitarian Church in Chicago to explore death. Guests conversed easily about the importance of sharing one's wishes with family members and loved ones, and brainstormed practical ideas about how to start the conversation. Suggestions included using a 5 Wishes document or something similar to document the practical aspects of one's wishes, and using that as a platform to get into the emotional considerations. Other subjects discussed included gender roles in caretaking, healthcare POAs, funeral practices and experiences, and considering how death informs how one chooses to live. A lively and informative afternoon!



Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on May 27, 2015, 3:25 p.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey, CHC

June 26, 2015, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Suggested donation of $5 to cover refreshments.


Let's talk about death. Yours, in particular. It's going to happen, no matter how much you deny or avoid thinking about it. Yikes, right?

But wait! What if ...



Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on May 13, 2015, 5:28 p.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC, Judy Lendsey, CHC, Rachel Schripsema, Pastoral Care Team Coordinator

June 7, 2015, 1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. (Central)

Free


The Pastoral Care team of Second Unitarian Church will be hosting a Death Cafe, with the assistance of Kathy Miller, LCPC and Judy Lendsey, CHC of Windy City Death Cafe ...



Link: Memento Mori

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on March 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m.


"The grief becomes compact enough, with the hard edges removed, to be gently placed in one’s heart."

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/11/memento-mori/?smid=tw-share&_r=0

Death Cafe write up: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 23, 2015, 8:13 a.m.


Two former and one new guests braved the elements to create a cozy and intimate Windy City Death Cafe on Friday, 2/20. Our former guests, a funeral director/officiant and a hospital chaplain, had, fittingly, officiated at a funeral and attended a wake earlier in the day. Topics of conversation included the experience of witnessing death in a professional capacity while managing the attendant emotions, Atul Gawande's book Being Mortal, the medicalization of death (and birth, as discussed by our new guest), home vs hospital deaths, cultural practices around birth and death, and Edna St Vincent Millay's poem Dirge Without Music. A lovely, warm evening ...



"Greenberg thinks that in this odd way we try to fend off death. He figures that people who are not in your group in some very primal way make you feel invisible."

Interesting! Curious about your thoughts and impressions.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/06/384043496/being-with-people-like-you-offers-comfort-against-deaths-chill

Link: Pain & Suffering at End of Life

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 3, 2015, 10:37 a.m.


Article looks at why pain and suffering have increased at end of life, despite more use of hospice and palliative care.

"We don't have the vernacular in our society to have the conversation about the end of life," Ihrig said. "People say, 'I don't want to take away ...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/02/03/383522954/pain-and-suffering-at-lifes-end-are-getting-worse-not-better

Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Jan. 26, 2015, 8:29 a.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey, CHP

Feb. 20, 2015, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Central)

Free. We accept donations to cover food costs.


 

Let's talk about death. Yours, in particular. It's going to happen, no matter how much you deny or avoid thinking about it. Yikes, right?


But wait! What if ...



Link: Rural Doctor Launches Startup to Ease Pain of Dying Patients

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Jan. 3, 2015, 3:05 p.m. 2 comments


In rural northern California, Dr. Michael Fratkin provides TLPC Tender Loving Palliative Care) in the homes of his dying patients.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/03/371263308/rural-doctor-launches-startup-to-ease-pain-of-dying-patients

Link: The Best Possible Day

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Oct. 7, 2014, 4:25 p.m.


A surgeon/professor/staff writer for the NYTimes shares a story about how a dying piano teacher chooses to live her last days.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/opinion/sunday/the-best-possible-day.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Aug. 25, 2014, 12:51 p.m.



With Kathy Miller & Judy Lendsey

Oct. 29, 2014, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Central)

$5 suggested donation to cover refreshments


Let's talk about death. Yours and mine. It's going to happen, no matter how much we deny or avoid thinking about it. Yikes, right?


But wait! What if ...



Link: When & How to Die in Germany

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Aug. 7, 2014, 7:51 a.m.


Link: How will you die?

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on July 31, 2014, 2:59 p.m. 1 comment


How will you die?

It depends, in part, on where you live and how much money you make.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/31/336369873/how-will-you-die

Link: Desmond Tutu: In Favor of Assisted Dying

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on July 13, 2014, 7:46 p.m.


Link: Preparing Loved Ones for Plans to Suicide

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on June 23, 2014, 8:29 a.m. 2 comments


Thought-provoking article about preparing loved ones for plans to suicide. Reinforces the importance of talking about death as a part of life.

NPR: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/06/23/323330486/how-a-womans-plan-to-kill-herself-helped-her-family-grieve

Link: "Can't we talk about something more pleasant?"

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on May 6, 2014, 7:31 a.m. 1 comment


"Can't we talk about something more pleasant?"

An only child's illustrated memoir about managing (or not) the decline and death of her parents.

NPR: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/05/309742981/why-bring-up-death-when-we-could-talk-about-something-more-pleasant

Death Cafe write up: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on April 27, 2014, 1:26 p.m.


Ten guests gathered for our 3rd Death Cafe just as the sun set on a glorious Spring day in Chicago. Among our guests were a 90-year-old WWII veteran, a retired hospice nurse, a PhD who left his decades-long position in academia to follow his passion, an HR executive, and an artist and near-death experiencer in her 7th decade. We covered a wide range of conversational topics over tea and zucchini brownies, including end-of-life care, health care directives, having "the conversation" with loves ones, burial options, personal experiences with dying, and whether we'd live differently if we knew what happened after we die. One guest spoke about his ...



Death Cafe: Windy City Death Cafe

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on March 29, 2014, 9:09 a.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey, CHC

Aug. 1, 2014, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Suggested donation of $10 to cover refreshments


Windy City Death Cafe 8/1

*CANCELLED*

Our apologies. We hope to see you in November!

Peace,

Kathy & Judy



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Glenview

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Feb. 1, 2014, 9:31 a.m.


Our 2nd Death Cafe Glenview was intimate, warm, and cozy. Nine members of our community met over tea and brownies to share stories, poems, and resources. We laughed. We cried. We connected. Beautiful!



Art: Boogie

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Jan. 29, 2014, 8:49 a.m.


Boogie

Art: Ugly Beautiful

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Dec. 27, 2013, 8:51 a.m. 2 comments


Ugly Beautiful

Death discards distinctions.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Glenview

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Dec. 2, 2013, 4:59 p.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey

Jan. 31, 2014, 6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. (Central)

Suggested donation of $10 to cover refreshments


Everyone dies.

 

Everyone.

 

In the meantime, how are you choosing to live? 

 

Join us at Death Café Glenview and enjoy thoughtful, respectful, and provocative conversation about death and dying. Tea ...



Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe Glenview

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Nov. 13, 2013, 8:34 p.m.


Despite wind, sleet, and Chicago's ever-present road construction, 15 lively folks attended our first Death Cafe! Held at the lovely and welcoming Be Optimal Holistic Health Center in Glenview and fortified by tea and skull cookies, our guests actively participated in small and large group discussions. Evaluation results indicated high levels of satisfaction with the structure, content, facilitation, and, most of all, the opportunity to discuss death with like-minded people. Words used most often to describe guests' Death Cafe experience were comfortable, thought-provoking, open, friendly, and healing. We can't wait to do it again!



Art: Aren't we all?

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Oct. 22, 2013, 7:35 a.m. 1 comment


Aren't we all?

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Glenview

Posted by Kathy Miller, LCPC on Aug. 28, 2013, 11:32 a.m.



With Kathy Miller, LCPC & Judy Lendsey

Nov. 1, 2013, 7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. (Central )

$5.00 to cover refreshments.


Celebrate your life by engaging in thoughtful conversation about your death. Discover how befriending your demise allows you to live more mindfully, intentionally, and joyfully. 

Join us at 6:30 ...





Contact Kathy Miller, LCPC

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