MOUNT VERNON — Presented by In the Circle of Life and sponsored by Hospice of Knox County and Kokosing Nature Preserve, this awareness and education discussion series on death and dying will take place Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m., and continue monthly through May of 2019.

In the Circle of Life is a nonprofit 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 do so.”

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 Jan. 24 session is Being Mortal. The documentary by the same name, based on the book by Surgeon Atul Gawande, will be viewed and discussed. The documentary explores the practice of caring for the dying and the discomfort often felt by doctors when discussing chronic illness and death.

Topics at the following meetings will include: 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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