MOUNT VERNON — Presented by In the Circle of Life and sponsored by Hospice of Knox County and Kokosing Nature Preserve, an awareness and education discussion series on death and dying will begin Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., and continue monthly through May of 2019.
In the Circle of Life is a non-profit organization with the mission of guiding others to a deeper understanding of death to help release the fear of dying and inspire them to an enriched, authentic life — with the end in mind.
Facilitator of the discussion is Jacki Mann, RN, who is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse at Hospice of Knox County, a living and dying coach and a death doula with more than 30 years of in-home care and hospice nursing experience.
“I have seen so much suffering in my work as a hospice nurse that is directly related to patients and loved ones being so ill-prepared for death and the dying process,” Mann said. “My vision is one of being an agent for change, creating opportunities for the public to talk and learn about death and dying — before they are forced to.”
She added, “We are an aging population of a magnitude never before seen. Changes to our approach and the silence around the subject of death needs to change-now.”
During the first session Nov. 1, the documentary Facing Death will be shown. Discussion will follow regarding sustaining life for yourself or a loved one and the complications of today’s modern medicalized death.
Topics at the following meetings will include “Advance Directives and Beyond” on Dec. 6; “Being Mortal” documentary and discussion on Jan. 24; “Our Culture’s Death Phobia” on Feb.y 21; “Being with Dying” on March 21; “A Will for the Woods” on April 25; and “Hospice: What it Is, What it Isn’t” on May 30.
Held at the Kokosing Nature Preserve Reception Center at 10620 Quarry Chapel Road in Gambier, this discussion series is free and open to the public. For more information on this series, go to www.inthecircleoflife.org or call 614-648-8897.