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The Foundation for End of Life Care is bringing author and educator Dr. Lani Leary to Juneau for a free, informative evening talk on "Death in Our Community: From Grief to Hope," at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Centennial Hall.
The experience of an unexpected death or caring for a loved one through an incurable illness can be incredibly isolating and emotionally overwhelming. Leary will explore simple and effective ways for people to see death not as a tragedy, but as an opportunity to make a positive difference to the person dying and in the lives of surviving loved ones.
Leary has more than 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist working with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. She has just published the book No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death.
On Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. until noon, Leary will present a free workshop for healthcare providers, educators, clergy and hospice care personnel at the Juneau Arts and Community Center. The Saturday workshop is intended to improve communications between professionals and patients when a person is at the end stage of life, and also explore ways to help family and friends when death occurs. Continuing education credit hours will be available. Space is limited and reservations are required. Professionals interested in attending should contact Ginny Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-957-0227.
The Foundation for End of Life Care is a Juneau-based non-profit organization supporting end-of-life-services, including hospice, bereavement care, and community education. The Foundation for End of Life Care, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation, Douglas-Dornan Foundation, Alaska AARP, the Juneau Community Foundation, Centennial Hall and others, contributed to Leary's presentation.
For more information see www.foundationforendoflifecare.org.