News Release — Wake Up to Dying Project
June 15, 2016
Nina Thompson, Executive Director
Sharon Panitch, Publicist
Traveling exhibit poses the question: Can paying more attention to the fact that we die actually change how we LIVE?
Burlington, VT– The Wake Up to Dying Project, a Montpelier-based non-profit that aims to shift our cultural perspective on death and dying, announces the second Burlington Traveling Exhibit, July 12-17, 2016. Chats, workshops, and presentations will take place at the College Street Congregational Church, 265 College Street, and Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, beginning on Tuesday, July 12. On Thursday, July 17, the Project’s welcoming and colorful tents will be set up on the lawn in front of the Fletcher Free Library, where visitors will have the opportunity to listen to audio stories, add their bucket list goals to a massive chalkboard, learn about end-of-life resources, and connect with others about this universal experience.
Since 2013, the Wake Up To Dying Project has been producing compelling audio stories and dynamic, community-based public events to raise awareness about death, dying, and life. In the past year, the Project brought its Traveling Exhibit to Burlington and Brattleboro, VT, and Somerville, MA, reaching more than 2,000 people. Participants reported feeling, “thankful,” “reflective,” “touched,” and perhaps most tellingly, “wanting more.” And the Wake Up To Dying Project is providing more, adding two exceptional new workshops to this year’s offerings: On Wednesday, July 13, authors Marjorie Ryerson and Pamela MacPherson will facilitate the workshop “Exploring Caring for the Dying through Poetry and Prose.” On Saturday, July 16, participants can explore end-of-life support team models in “Caring for Each Other Throughout the Death and Dying Continuum.”
“These workshops are an excellent addition to our offerings, and more necesary than ever.” commented Wake Up To Dying Project’s Executive Director Nina Thompson. “We want to encourage people to find ways to be there for one another that feel supportive and creative. To do that, we have to start by addressing our own fears and we want to create as many entry points to this conversation as possible.”
The Wake Up To Dying Project is supported this year by an impressive range of community-based organizations and businesses. Maria McClellan, Senior Community Relations Strategist at the University of Vermont Medical Center noted, “With the recently established Holly and Bob Miller Endowed Chair of Palliative Medicine, the UVM Medical Center is advancing the notion that health care includes end-of-life care. The Wake Up To Dying Project is creating openings for the important conversations that need to happen around end-of-life issues; we see a timely synergy between their work and ours, and we are proud to support this extraordinary event.”
Dates and Locations
The Wake Up To Dying Project Burlington Event
Workshops: Tuesday, July 12- Sunday, July 17
College Street Congregational Church, 265 College St., Burlington
Fletcher Free Library, various rooms, 235 College St., Burlington
Traveling Exhibit: Thursday, July 14-Sunday, July 17
Fletcher Free Library, lawn area, 235 College St., Burlington
Visit http://www.wakeuptodyingproject.org for more information and a full schedule.
The Wake Up To Dying Project Traveling Exhibit is sponsored by:
BAYADA Hospice – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont – Fletcher Free Library – Kindred Birchwood Terrace – The Madison Deane Initiative – National Home Funeral Alliance – Unsworth Law – The University of Vermont Center on Aging – The University of Vermont Medical Center – The Vermont Ethics Network – VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties