Beginning to talk about the end - Exploring Death through a creative lens

Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:30pm

Whatcom Hospice Administration Building, 2800 Douglas Ave, Bellingham, WA

What questions about death and dying have you been wanting to ask? What questions have you been afraid to ask? Can art-based investigations help us to think about death in new ways? …to  think about hope in new ways? How can an exploration of death help us to live life more fully?  

Join us for an all day workshop. Through a series of writing, movement, dialogue, and art-based exercises, we'll dive into these questions and open an honest conversation about death and dying.

The Facilitators:

Jenna Bean Veatch (MFA) is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher, and facilitator who has been accused of creating "pure, unadulterated, heart-stopping whimsy." She makes dance-theater shows, stop-action animated music videos, delightful objects, and community gatherings designed to facilitate connection. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies and teaches classes on the creative process locally.

Sharmon Figenshaw (RN, MN, ARNP, ACHPN-BC) is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner working with families facing end-of-life transitions for almost 30 years. She is active in end-of-life community education and outreach, including state and nation-wide projects on advance directives and end-of-life choices. As a consultant, she supports people facing serious illness/ debility; she hopes to engage our community in conversations about how we embrace and care for those affected by illness or debility, including care of the dying.

Gracen Bookmyer is a senior at Fairhaven College with a concentration in End-of-Life and Palliative Care. She is a volunteer with WAHA, Hospice and sings with the Threshold Choir. Gracen is motivated to engage people in topics around death and dying because she sees it to be integral to living fully and believes it has tremendous potential for fostering connection with community. 

Marie Eaton (PhD) taught courses on Death and Dying and is the Director of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University. The Palliative Care Institute mounts projects with other partners focusing on provider training and community education and activation to demonstrate how ‘palliative care’ can improve quality of life, not just physically, but also in mind and spirit, and help patients live as actively as possible until death and ease their dying process when that time arrives. 

Cost: $65.00 (includes lunch). Pre-registration is required. Some discounted tuition spaces are available, especially for students.  Email pci@wwu.edu to register or to request a discount.