Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll to Speak About Death

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.
So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

Tuesday, April 25th 2017 | from 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Suggested donation: $5

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this — together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

Understanding Hospice Care

Understanding Hospice Care
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 3pm-5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying series will host featured speaker Barb Hansen,
CEO of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association Admission for the event is $5.

End-of-life care decisions can be difficult to discuss. Gathering information ahead of time can reduce stress and help us make informed decisions. Waiting until you need services like hospice adds extreme stress to already stressful times.

  • What exactly is hospice care?
  • Do all hospices provide identical services?
  • How do I choose a hospice that is right for me, a family member or a friend

Come learn about the ins and outs of hospice care and have your questions answered by an expert in the field.

Barb Hansen has over 30 years of experience in Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice House operations. She was the 2014 recipient of the Oregon Hospice Association’s Elizabeth Wessinger Award, which honors excellence in hospice and palliative care in the state. In her current role, Barb works to support Hospice and Palliative Care providers in Oregon and Washington and serves as a resource to residents of both states who seek information about end-of-life care options.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

 

 

Art of Dying Presentation on April 25: What You Can Do NOW

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.  So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

On Tuesday, April 25th 2017, from 3 to 5 pm, Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this————–together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

Suggested donation: $5

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Further information is available at www.hoffmanblog.org online or contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

Sarah Smythe McIntosh to speak on Holistic Estate Planning

The Art of Aging Series presents:
HOLISTIC ESTATE PLANNING
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 3pm to 5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Our local estate planning attorney, Sarah Smyth McIntosh of Law Manzanita, will discuss “Holistic Estate Planning” Admission for the event is $5.00.

Sarah will offer a workshop on a different perspective on estate planning – it’s not just about having a will when you die.

it’s about your life, legacy and death, who is around you when you die and how they help you die in the manner which you desire, and how they help you fulfill your life’s legacy

— it’s about making your life’s work mean something to someone beyond yourself

— it’s about your transition from life to death

— finally it’s about who you leave behind, and their transition as well, whether it is family, close friends, villagers, or charities that represent your values

It is about YOU, your family, your community, your life and your death.

Sarah is from Olympia, Washington and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She established her branch office in Manzanita, Oregon in 2010, and is licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon. She has been active in the village of Manzanita since coming here with her family over the last 20 years. Her branch office, Law Manzanita, is located within a Gallery space located at 144 Laneda Ave across from the San Dune Pub. She has exclusive use of the gallery space during the week, to maintain absolute confidentiality for her clients. The space provides a more calming environment than a traditional office space, which helps her clients relax. Sarah makes estate planning less of a chore and more of an exercise of assessing one’s own legacy and putting it in perspective.

Sarah is very personable. She helped us walk through the maze of estate planning laws and made it much easier and more satisfying than we ever thought possible. We really appreciated her caring, and calming influence, as we learned how to navigate through the process, and reconcile our individual differences for how we wanted our estate managed during out lives and after our death“ – Local resident and client

Growing up on the Puget Sound, Sarah acquired a love for the sea which eventually drew her to the Oregon coast and Manzanita. Sarah has her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, and her law degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). She has served as General Counsel for her family’s sawmill business, and also General Counsel for a small community bank in Olympia. She has practiced in the areas of business, real estate, development, finance, land use and estate planning, as well as succession planning for family businesses.

Sarah is married to Gary McIntosh, and they raised three children together visiting Manzanita every summer for over 20 years, until they finally purchased a second home and then she established a second office in Manzanita. She has served on the Manzanita Business Alliance Board and was active in the North Tillamook County Rotary helping the organization obtain their 501(3)(c) non-profit status. She continues to volunteer for organizations to include the Lower Nehalem Community Land Trust, The Pine Grove Community Center and she is also an active sponsor of many local events such as the Mudd-Nick Foundation Auction, the Manzanita Farmers Market, Muttzanita and Manzanita Music Festival.

The Art of Aging Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For more information contact Tela Skinner (telaskinner@gmail.com)

 

Art of Dying Conversation Presents Holly Pruett on Mar 28

Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Home Funeral Guide, and conversation leader will speak at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Oregon Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 from 3-5pm. Holly will focus on Green Burials.  Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5 along with a requested honorarium of $5 for Holly.

Holly will discuss Natural (Green) Burials to explore how our deaths can reflect the environmental values we at our beautiful coast strive to practice in our daily lives. We love our coastal lands—our trees and our water and are in an inquiry as to how to die as naturally as we wish to live. This will be an early coastal celebration of Earth Day.

When asked why natural burial is becoming a rich topic for consideration, the River View Cemetery in Portland, where natural burial and funeral options are available, notes:

“There are several reasons: the desire to have a simpler, environmentally-friendly burial; and the desire to return to the earth as quickly as possible, without unnatural barriers such as embalming, sealed metal caskets, or steel-reinforced concrete burial vaults.”

Holly, an interfaith minister, is a much sought-after consultant and Life-Cycle Celebrant who brings people together to help prepare for, live with, and talk about death.  A facilitator with Oregon Humanities’ Talking About Dying program, she led the successful 500 person Death: OK, Let’s Talk About It conference in Portland in 2015. Since early 2013 she has served as principal organizer of PDX Death Café, the largest across 30+ countries. She founded the Death Talk Project to foster useful honest conversation about how we die, how we mourn, and how we care for and remember our dead.

With a Master’s degree from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Holly is in her 4th year of study with Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, author of Die Wise; A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, at his Orphan Wisdom School in Canada. She is certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement by the Association for Death Education & Counseling.

  “At the heart of it and with all the stellar credentials, Holly is one of the most capable, personable, and sweetest women I know. She is truly called to this work and we are pleased to welcome her to our coastal home.”

— Claudia Johnson, M.A., Ecumenical Minister and Memorial Officiant

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Claudia Johnson, claudiaejohnson@gmail.com.

Art of Aging Presents The Practice of Health on March 14

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents Larry Jacobson speaking on “The Practice of Health” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Tuesday March 14, 2017, from 3 to 5.  Fee for the session is $5.

In their 1995 book “The Life We Are Given; A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul,” Michael Murphy and George Leonard outlined a program called Integral Transformative Practice, based on many years of research. The goal is new pathways to health and wellbeing at any age.

“This program has been practiced for more than twenty years,” says Jacobson, “and those of us who have participated have had a universally positive experience.”

Jacobson is a long time social worker who has worked as an elder care manager for many years in Seattle. He has recently relocated to Manzanita. The March 14 session will be informational providing tools you can use on your own. Jacobson will offer a local ongoing group experience of this program in future, called “The Practice of Health,” for anyone interested.

The program includes self-designed affirmations or goals, an easily accessible stretching and exercise plan for all ages, regular meditation or quiet time, suggestions on nutrition, emotional self-awareness through a support group community, and a commitment to an ongoing practice.

“I read the book and have been doing the series of exercises, meditation and yoga for a number of months now,” says Kathie Hightower of Manzanita, “I’ve already seen enough benefits to continue the commitment to regular practice.”

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com.

Hoffman to Screen Documentary “Speaking of Dying” on Feb 28

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film “Speaking of Dying” with a follow-on discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series will show a short documentary film titled “Speaking of Dying” created by Heartwork out of Seattle. There will be a discussion afterwards led by locals Claudia Johnson and Lane deMoll. Fee for the session is $5.

If you haven’t attended one of our conversational sessions before, this afternoon session is a great place to start.  Basic information beautifully crafted. This film and gathering promises to open up the conversation for all of us.

“There is so much taboo,” says Chaplain and facilitator Trudy James of Heartwork, “We live in a death-denying culture. In families where this has not been discussed, it leaves people in the position of making complex and difficult decisions without anything to go on.”

Far too many of us die in ways we would not wish to — often in ICUs, tethered to feeding tubes, in intolerable pain, or unconscious and unable to say a meaningful goodbye to our life and those we care about.

Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end-of-life choices and wishes. “Speaking of Dying” will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner,  telaskinner@gmail.com.

Emotional Wellness for Older Adults

Janet Holboke MSW, LCSW
Emotional Wellness for Older Adults
Art of Aging Series February 14

 Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW, will present information about Emotional Wellness for Older Adults on Tuesday, February 14th from 3-5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. This is a part of the ongoing series Art of Aging. There is a $5 fee.

 Participants will learn strategies for staying emotionally healthy and socially active throughout life. Normal changes as we age will be discussed. There will also be information about recognizing and getting help for early warning signs of common problems such as depression, anxiety, social isolation and memory loss.

        “No one ever talks about this stuff and we need to know.” – Astoria participant
“It’s such a relief to know I’m normal.” – Tillamook participant

Janet Holboke is an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. based in The Dalles, Oregon. Janet is one of 25 specialists around the state working as part of the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. This initiative sponsors community and professional education events promoting behavioral health awareness and improved services. For more information, contact Janet Holboke at jholboke@gobhi.net.

Art of Dying: Readings on January 24, 2017

Join the Art of Dying Conversation on Tuesday, January 24th from 3 to 5 pm to consider readings about death and daying.
We invite you to bring short (10 minutes or less) written pieces – prose or poetry – about aging, death, dying  to read aloud to the group. Or just come, listen and discuss. Original work about your own experiences and other writers’ work will be included.
The conversation we will share around the pieces promises to be as moving, heartfelt and healing as all our events have been to date. Questions? Contact Lane deMoll at lane@nehalemtel.net.

Art of Aging: Advance Directives, POLST Forms, and more

If you were to experience a medical emergency, would the EMT’s be able to get to you? Would they know the best treatment based on your medical history and current meds? Would they know your preferences?

Join us for an Art of Aging Conversation from 3 to 5 on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita to learn how to answer “yes” to all of the above questions.

A representative of the Rinehart Clinic will discuss completion of POLST forms (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Advance Directives, and the difference between the two.

Frank Knight, current Training Officer of the Nehalem Fire District and long time EMT, will talk about some of the issues EMTs run into in emergency response situations.

Join us to learn and to get your questions answered…and to make sure you are prepared.

Suggested donation is $5.