Save the Date!

We’re hosting a series of three powerful films.   Departures  is the first film offered on Saturday, February 9 at the Land Trust Building, 1:00 – 4:00.  It is a provocative, tender story about caring for the dead.  It won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.  The film will be followed with discussion about the penetrating intimacy and challenges of death and dying.  Suggested donation:  $5.00.  Popcorn is free!

See information about all three offerings below. We look forward to being with you in the conversation.

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Let’s Talk about Living and Dying

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Join us to further the conversation . . . next offering in March. Stay Tuned!

Honoring Choices Vashon and The Vashon Conversation are hosting quarterly gatherings that include featured speakers, focused conversations, local resources, book reviews and upcoming events. This quarter, we will discuss a book review from Kim Eckhardt on “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande M.D.
We are all going to die - but we can be hesitant to talk about it. By coming together to talk about death and dying, we also begin to talk about life and living.

Quotes from past sessions:

“I want to live fully and I now understand that difficult conversations are sometimes the most liberating.”

“In this limited time I’ve got, I want to prioritize what I need to do.”

“Being here has really prepared me to go home and talk with my daughter.”

All conversations are confidential, accessible and respectful of all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion/faith, ethnicity and disability.

It is free from ideology with no agenda towards any conclusion about life, death or life after death. Rather, it is a confidential place to explore one’s own thoughts and feelings.

Join us, have a cup of tea and a snack, and discuss life and death. The event is free -- donations gladly accepted.

Please call Susan Pitiger at 206-818-4232, or Jane Neubauer at 206-567-5404 with any question

Book Discussion series . . .  

We have offered two discussions
at the Vashon BookshoP THUS FAR:  

Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande, M.D.
What Really Matters:  7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, by Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. 

Watch for additional offerings – Coming This Fall and Winter 2018

We welcome recommendations for books on topics of living wisely and dying well. 
Join us for a lively discussion of these important topics and how they are impacting our own lives, and our community on Vashon.

Led by Catherine Henderson and Colleen Brooks

Building on Interest and Success . . .

  Hundreds of Vashon Island residents participated in the four-day Vashon Conversation for the Living about Dying event, March 2 – 5.  The alchemy of passionate, committed volunteers, an engaged community and generous donors and sponsors created an amazing weekend.  

The weekend offered many different doorways into the subject of living and dying.  The goal was to offer opportunities for people of all comfort levels, learning styles, beliefs, cultures, ages and understanding to enter into the subject with curiosity and comfort.

“If I had my life to live over again, I would ask that not a thing be changed, but that my eyes be opened wider.”
— Jules Renard

The four-day event started as a simple vision and evolved into an eclectic mix of offerings designed to appeal to a broad audience.  Sandwiched between the Opening Celebration and Keynote on March 2 and ending with the Closing Celebration of Life and Remembrance on March 5, there were twelve events offering islanders a feast of possible ways to consider what for many is a difficult topic. It was an all-volunteer effort, involving more than 50 volunteers and a broad cross-section of our community – nonprofits, faith groups, key leaders, businesses and health care providers. The response was full and rich and enthusiastic.

Evaluation forms were designed for the seven presentations on Saturday and Sunday. Respondents were asked to rate each question on a scale of one to five with five being the highest rating. Responses regarding usefulness and relevance of information as well as quality of presenters were almost universally fives! This “word cloud” captures many of the words used to describe the offerings.

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Six "Before I Die" Boards were interspersed between the poignant work of more than 25 Vashon artists at the Two Wall Gallery. Vashon Rotary Club members constructed these beautiful boards that will be hung throughout the community in the coming year. Watch for them at the Farmer's Market, at Strawberry Festival, in our parks, and in your neighborhood!

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