Braiding Wisdom Winter Series: Inviting Beauty and Meaning at the End Part 2
Endings matter - the end of a project, a job, a relationship, a life. Endings often bring up sadness, anger, pain and fear - and they can be times where profound meaning and beauty emerge.
In this two part series, we'll use preparing for end of life as a doorway to explore how to approach endings with intention, curiosity and creativity.
Preparing for Endings: Creativity and Community
Join us as we explore how deep conversation, caring circle and ceremony can help to ensure that our endings are well tended and mended.
Karen Reppen has been passionately learning and teaching about aging, illness, death and grief for nearly 15 years. As a hospice communications professional she focused on increasing awareness about end-of-life care through outreach to patients, families, health-care providers and the public.
She is currently working with a group of volunteers and professionals to establish a social model hospice to serve people experiencing homelessness, mental/emotional illness, and otherwise marginalized populations in the Madison area. She has completed the "Being with Dying" program at Upaya Institute, earned a Grief Support Specialist Certificate through UW-Madison Continuing Studies, is a student of Stephen Jenkinson's Orphan Wisdom School and is a mixed-media artist, and mindfulness practitioner.
Julie Swanson is a StoryPreneur and Emergent Learning Designer. She has over 25 years of experience in adult learning, communications and community health. She is currently the owner of What's Possible Now, where she partners with people and organizations who want to work with story intentionally, creatively, and courageously to create healthy, resilient communities.
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