Friday, January 25, 2013

Death Cafe: Death Cafe Sonama, California - Feb. 2013

By Linda Siniard

Please join us for our next Death Cafe Sonoma:
Saturday, February 9, 2013
2:00 ? 4:00 pm
1005 Gravenstein Hwy. N., Sebastopol, CA 95472

If you plan on attending, please RSVP. We want to make sure there?s enough tea and cake! We?ll also have plenty of other yummy snacks.

Bring family, friends, and associates who may be interested. If you?d like to add something special to our altar table, please do ? a photo, a memento, flowers, artwork, a rock, keys?anything that reminds you of someone special.

Our open cafe with its casual conversations about dying and death may provide a time for you to think about and more clearly define your own thoughts about consciously living your life to its fullest. People who attend death cafes come from many backgrounds and bring interesting and engaging perspectives to our topics. Worldwide, some are regularly employed in end-of-life care ? hospice nurses and administrators, funeral directors, estate planners, attorneys, green burial facilitators, ministers, homecare assistants, and the like. Others find us out of personal loss, and include grocery store clerks, baseball coaches, students, massage therapists, marketing specialists, writers, artists, truck drivers, and stay-at-home parents.

No matter how you identify yourself, you are likely to find death cafe participants have something in common with you. If nothing else, all of us share this ? we?re going to face the end of our lives at some point, and the ends of the lives of those we love.

Our mission is simple: To bring this conversation out of our closets and into our living rooms, community centers, faith centers, and board rooms. How about starting in our cafe here in Sonoma County?


My name is Linda Siniard and I live in Sonoma County, California. I am a PhD student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Transformative Studies department with a focus in thanatology, the study of dying, death, and bereavement. I come by this interest through deep personal losses of family and friends, and a genuine desire to share my insights through research and practice. I am one of the lucky ones. I have found many gifts through a long standing search for meaning and my external abilities to communicate effectively on subjects that defy consistency, definition, reason, and accessibility ? dying, death, grief, and renewal.


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