Posted by Robert Potsus
Hosted by Barbara Sarah, MSW
Sept. 9, 2018
3:00 p.m. (EST)
5:00 p.m. (EST)
Katonah Village Library
26 Bedford Road
Katonah, New York 10536
This Death Cafe has taken place
About this Death Cafe
Let us learn bravely to stand our ground, and fight him. And to begin to deprive him of the greatest advantage he has over us, let us take away quite contrary to the common course. Let us disarm him of his novelty and strangeness, let us converse and be familiar with him, and have nothing so frequent in our thoughts as death. Upon all occasions represent him to our imagination in his every shape; at the stumbling of a horse, at the falling of a tile, at the least prick with a pin, let us presently consider, and say to ourselves, "Well, and what if it had been death itself?" and, thereupon, let us encourage and fortify ourselves. Let us evermore, amidst our jollity and feasting, set the remembrance of our frail condition before our eyes, never suffering ourselves to be so far transported with our delights, but that we have some intervals of reflecting upon and considering how many several ways this jollity of ours tends to death, and with how many dangers it threatens it.
--- Michel de Montaigne, essay, That to Study Philosophy is to Learn to Die, 1580
For more information or to be notified of future meetings, through this website you may contact Carolyn VanNess, a member of the Death Cafe organizing committee, a nurse practitioner and an end of life doula.
About Barbara Sarah, MSW
The host and facilitator for the Death Cafe of Norther Westchester is Barbara Sarah, an oncology social worker, community activist and mentor who has helped organize more than 60 Death Cafes across the country.
Ms Sarah was awarded a Life-time Achievement Award by the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the New York State Governor's Award for Innovations in Breast Cancer Education.
She is also a co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Circle of Friends for the Dying. Circle of Friends is creating a comfort care home to provide compassionate end-of-life care in a home-like setting, for people who live alone. Circle of Friends provides an alternative to dying in a nursing home or hospital.
Contact the organiser of this Death Cafe