Death and Dying program coming to Mount Vernon


MOUNT VERNON — Presented by In the Circle of Life and sponsored by Hospice of Knox County (HKC) and Kokosing Nature Preserve, an awareness and education discussion series on death and dying will begin Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 pm, and continue monthly through May of 2019.

In the Circle of Life is a non-profit organization with the mission of guiding others to a deeper understanding of death to help release the fear of dying and inspire them to an enriched, authentic life … with the end in mind.

Facilitator of the discussion is Jacki Mann, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse at Hospice of Knox County, a living and dying coach, and a death doula with more than 30 years of in-home care and hospice nursing experience.

“I have seen so much suffering in my work as a hospice nurse that is directly related to patients and loved ones being so ill-prepared for death and the dying process. My vision is one of being an agent for change, creating opportunities for the public to talk and learn about death and dying- before they are forced to,” Mann said. “We are an aging population of a magnitude never before seen. Changes to our approach and the silence around the subject of death needs to change-now.”

During the first session on Nov. 1 the documentary “Facing Death” will be shown. Discussion will follow regarding sustaining life for yourself or a loved one and the complications of today’s modern medicalized death.

Topics at the following meetings will include Advance Directives and Beyond on Dec. 6; Being Mortal documentary and discussion on Jan. 24; Our Culture’s Death Phobia on Feb. 21; Being with Dying on March 21; A Will for the Woods on April 25; and Hospice: What it Is, What it Isn’t on May 30.

This program is at the Kokosing Nature Preserve Reception Center at 10620 Quarry Chapel Road in Gambier. It is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.inthecircleoflife.org or call 614-648-8897.

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Staff report