Death Cafe profile for Rev. Jamie McReynolds

Location: United States

About Rev. Jamie McReynolds:

I am a ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and chaplain, and have served as a hospital and hospice chaplain. I am a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the New River Valley in Blacksburg, VA where my partner is the settled minister. 

What brings you to Death Cafe?

I co-hosted a Death Cafe several years ago with a hospice nurse and found the experience to be very helpful to the dozen or so participants.

What would you like your legacy to be?

To leave the world a little better than I found it.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.
I should not use my days trying to prolong them.
I should use my time.
Jack London

Thoughts for sharing:

How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter

by Sherwin B. Nuland

The Four Things That Matter Most: A Book About Living

by Ira Byock

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

Rev. Jamie McReynolds's posts on the Death Cafe website

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - New River Valley

Posted by Rev. Jamie McReynolds on Nov. 6, 2022, 12:12 p.m.

With Jamie McReynolds & Cynthia Luke

Dec. 10, 2022, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)

Accepts donations

This event is supported by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge.

Death Cafe write up: Death Cafe - New River Valley

Posted by Rev. Jamie McReynolds on May 16, 2022, 8:34 p.m.

We had 18 people meeting in person at the Christiansburg, VA library. We had a good discussion about our personal experiences of death and dying. It was co-sponsored by the local funeral consumers alliance. We had a great selection of snacks including cucumber sandwiches.

Death Cafe: Death Cafe - New River Valley

Posted by Rev. Jamie McReynolds on March 23, 2022, 12:17 p.m.

With Jamie McReynolds

May 14, 2022, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)

Accepts donations

The objective of Death Café is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.  At a Death Cafe people drink ...