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Fall Newsletter 2009
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The State of End-of-Life in the State
Conversation Sunday - Funeral Alternatives Vashon Island
Home Funerals and Green Burials Worskhop
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In the spirit of thanksgiving, our Fall Newsletter highlights aspects of our lives to be thankful for: choices, community and education.  Read about the upcoming WEOLCC Annual Meeting covering the Death With Dignity Act, community conversations about funeral alternatives on Vashon Island and an upcoming home funeral & green burial workshop at Bastyr University.
'The State of End of Life in the State'
Red Lion Hotel Seattle Airport
SeaTac, Washington

November 20, 2009 ~ 9:00 - 2:00
WELOCC Annual Meeting

NOTE: This coming Friday!

Passage of Washington's Death With Dignity Act, the evolving fields of palliative and hospice care, and the increasing use nationwide of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) will be among the topics covered. Also featured will be an update by State Representative Jim Moeller, (D-Vancouver-invited) on legislative issues related to end-of-life care
2009 is a watershed year for end-of-life care. With the issue capturing headlines on a state and national level more than ever, it's never been more important for us to join forces to work towards improving care at the end-of-life.

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Conversation Sunday
Burton Community Church
Vashon Island, WA
Vashon Unitarian Fellowship Logo
January 24, 2010 ~ 9:30 - 10:30
Home Funeral Vigils and
Green Burials

Come learn about the ancient tradition of home funeral vigils and green burials as a natural choice for end of life planning. Hear an overview of this topic, learn about the changes occurring in our society's approach to funeral planning and the industry's response and find out how to educate the community about these choices.
On "Conversation Sunday", there is no usual church service, but instead everyone sits in a semi-circle to listen to someone speak about a topic of interest, and then conversation and questions occur. It can be quite lively!

Conversation Sunday Details
A Natural Choice ~
Home Funerals and Green Burials
Bastyr University ~ Kenmore, Washington
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January 30, 2010
9:00 - 5:00
Home Funeral Vigils &
Green Burial Workshop

A generation ago, baby boomers brought back home births.  As a natural extension, more families are choosing to care for the body of their beloved in the home after death which is called a home funeral vigil.
This seminar will take you on the journey of a home funeral vigil and will include how to:

* Prepare, plan and participate in a home funeral vigil
* Be present to a loved one's passing
* File a death certificate
* Respond with intention at the time of death
* Care for deceased - bathing, dressing & cooling of body
* Create a sacred space and goodbye ritual
* Work with caskets and shrouds
* Explore green burial as an environmental option
* Honor the roles of family and friends
* Care for the caregiver
* Transport the body of a loved one

Audience: General public. This class is of special interest to caregivers, families anticipating a loved one's passing, hospice staff and volunteers, grief counselors and others involved with end-of-life care. Cost: $148

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During this time of thanksgiving, we are thankful for all of you who advocate, educate and inspire others to embrace exploring end of life issues.  Please share the bounty of this information with others by forwarding our newsletter.
In deep gratitude,

Char Barrett
A Sacred Moment