Contact Rev. Lynda Elaine Carré, Hudson Valley, New York
845-684-5941 revcarre@wellspringpassages.com

Stephen Jenkinson, The Meaning of Death

“The endings of life give life’s meanings a chance to show.”

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Events

Spring, 2016, at Bard College LLI, I was one of the experts chosen to teach a section of the course, “End of Life Perspectives”––with gratitude to Barbara Sarah, the program developer and facilitator, and Co-Founder of Circle of Friends for the Dying. From my perspective as an experienced Interfaith Palliative and Hospice Chaplain, my subject was: “End of Life Perspectives: Spiritual, Emotional, and Existential Issues.”

My last slide of the presentation suggested signing up for “Prepare to Die,” a three-part reflective workshop I offer. The juxtaposition of “Sign Up’ and “Prepare to Die” prompted good-natured, rollicking laughter from the class. This ease of taking death out of the darkness with the light of self-awareness, information, and humor is something I strive for. The goal is to dispel the taboo about talking about dying and death. Truly, talking about death won’t kill you. Taking action in preparing for our spiritual, emotional, existential care for aging, illness, and death helps us to live fully as best as we can, until we can’t.

Thankfully there is growing interest in raising awareness, experiential training, and spiritual care coaching for well-being throughout these life challenges. By aligning choices and decisions with personal beliefs, values, and goals for living life fully as long as we can, we can be better prepared for all of life’s inevitable, mysterious twists, turns and crossroads throughout the journey. We can identify which passage is best for us individually. It is essential to understand how we are guided and how we approach conundrums when navigating through disconnected medical systems, with their vast array of treatment and life-support options, and costly personal trade-offs. Aging, illness, and dying are not medical events. They are very natural human of experiences. How we approach them and how we integrate the experience is something we can choose consciously and with intentionality.

Upcoming Event 

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Upcoming Workshop Series

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What
“Prepare to Die”
A Reflective and Practical 3-Workshop Series

This workshop series will result in greater personal integration and coping, understanding of resources and potential options, and documentation of unique preferences for dying and death according to personal beliefs, values, and goals for quality of life. There will be short pre-meeting and post-meeting homework assignments.

Why
Break through the taboo about talking of dying and death. Share  stories. Ask questions. Gain deeper understanding. Learn skills and approaches for compassionate, competent, creative end-of-life care preparedness.

When
Beginning January, 2017, Two Date/Time Options for 3-part Series:

  • Bi-Monthly, Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm or
  • Bi-Monthly, Thursday mornings, 10:00-12:00pm

Who
Each Class is Limited to 8 Adult Participants;
Minimum of 4 Participants is Required

Where
Private Home (details will provided upon registration)
Woodstock, New York
Free Parking

Cost
$60/Person for Series via PayPal, Cash, or Check
Materials included.

Registration
revcarre@wellspringpassages.com

Questions?    Please contact me

Prepare to Die Workshop Series / Course Outline

  • Workshop #1_Prepare to Die: Wisely
    • Wealth of Options
    • Values and Discernment
    • Documenting Preferences
    • Choosing your Advocate
  • Workshop #2_Prepare to Die: Creatively
    • Dancing with Death
      • Breathwork
      • Dance
      • Meditation
    • Arts Expression
    • Journaling
    • Auto-Memorial
  • Workshop #3_Prepare to Die: Gratefully
    • Ethical Wills
    • Auto-Obituary
    • Legacy Art

Upcoming Film & Discussion Series

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What
First Tuesday Film & Discussion Group in Woodstock Home

Why
This will be a curated series drawn from extraordinary films (Dramatic, and Documentary) and program series about aging, illness, and death––in the United States and around the world. Viewing together as small group, followed by discussion, can raise our awareness, challenge biases and beliefs, assist in personal discernment and preparedness, and stimulate activism.

When
Beginning January, 2017: First Tuesday of Each Month 6:15-8:30pm

Who
Gathering is Limited to 8 Adult Participants. Sometimes the same  people, sometimes different. Open to first 8 who commit by Thursday the week ahead.

Where
Private Home (details will provided upon registration)
Woodstock (near center of Village), New York
Free Parking

Cost
No Cost; Donations for refreshments appreciated.

Registration
revcarre@wellspringpassages.com

Questions?    Please contact me

Past Events

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What
“Talking About Dying with the Dying,” Presentation with Q&A
Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD) Death Café
There will be Live Music, Refreshments, Presentation with Q&A, and small-group CFD Death Café Conversations

Why
Break through the taboo about talking of dying and death. Share stories. Gain deeper understanding. Learn skills and approaches for compassionate, competent, creative end-of-life care preparedness.

When
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30-9:00pm
Who: All ages adults. Bring friends and family. Everyone welcome.|
Where: St. James United Methodist Church, Wesley Community Room
35 Pearl Street (Corner of Pearl and Fair St.), Kingston, New York
Free Parking behind Parrish Hall

Cost
Free. No Admission. No Registration.
(Small donation for refreshments is always appreciated.)

Need more help or information?

CircleofFriendsfortheDying.org   845-802-0970   info@cfdhv.org

I am honored to be a working Board Member of Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD), the Director of the CFD Community Engagement Team, and active member of the Education & Awareness Committee, the PR & Marketing Committee, and Capital Campaign Communications Committee.

Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD) is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to bring compassionate, competent end-of-life care to the dying and their families by providing a home with a circle of support. This is our fourth year of providing education and awareness through monthly CFD Death Cafes in neighborhood locations.

CFD Death Café is a gathering of people, often strangers, where we eat cake, drink tea or coffee, and confidentially, safely have conversations that break the taboo talking about dying and death. People leave feeling “connected,” “uplifted,” “fulfilled,” “thankful,” and “informed.”

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Speaking Engagements and Workshops

I am pleased to provide presentation and workshop facilitation services to the community. Please contact me to speak or facilitate a workshop in your neighborhood, facility, workplace, or organization. I will make sure it is engaging and personally relevant to your gathering.

Suggested topics include:

  • “End of Life Perspectives: Spiritual, Emotional, Existential Issues”
  • “Spiritual Care for Pain Management in Palliative and Hospice Services”
  • “Talking About Dying with the Dying”
  • “Spiritual Pain Indicators and Interventions”
  • “Prepare to Die”
  • “Illness is a Family Affair”
  • “Relationship-Based Spiritual Care Assessment and Support”
  • “Cultivating Spiritual Wellbeing”
  • “Establishing Your Circle of Care Team”

Please contact me for your upcoming gathering,