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 continue Thursday, Dec. 6, 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.

The discussion series is facilitated by Jacki Mann, RN, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse currently 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.

Mann said, “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. 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.”

The topic for the Dec. 6 session is Advanced Directives & Beyond and will include an opportunity for participants to put their end-of-life wishes in writing and learn more about the necessary documents to communicate those wishes to surviving loved ones.

Topics at the following meetings will include Being Mortal documentary and discussion on Jan. 24; Our Culture’s Death Phobia on Feb. 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, go to or call 614-648-8897.



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