University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dying Well: A Six-Week Workshop Series

April 24, 2013, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Mount Zion
1600 Divisadero Street, Hellman Conference Room, 1st floor, room C126

with Michelle Peticolas, PhD, and special guest presenters

Death is one of life's major passages. Since few of us know when it will happen, this special six week series is designed for all of us, no matter where we fall on the health spectrum. Sessions will include film, discussion, thought-inspiring activities, and practical suggestions to help us prepare a thoughtful and empowering way.


3/20: Facing Death: Screening the film Facing Death . . . with open eyes. Beliefs, feelings and concerns about death.  Identifying our worst- and best-case scenarios for dying.

3/27: Life Review: Art project: creating a life journal of accomplishments, milestones, and memories. Special Guest Presenter: Cindy Perlis, Director of UCSF Art for Recovery

4/03: Our Unfinished Business: Forgiveness and forgiving:  how to release unfulfilled dreams, old wounds, past mistakes. Special Guest Presenter:  Eileen Baker, Mediator and Forgiveness Coach

4/10: Practical Preparation: Simple steps to help insure that your departing wishes are honored at the end (i.e. POLST, Advanced Directives. Living Wills). Special Guest Presenter:  Valerie Hopkins, RN, Hospice By The Bay

4/17: Footprints and Heartprints:  Lessons and Learnings of a Lifetime: Finding meaningful ways to pass on the most important fruits of your life to those left behind. Special Guest Presenters:  Mike Rabow, MD, Director of UCSF Symptom Management Service & Joanne Laurance, UCSF Spiritual Care

4/24:  Embracing the Mystery: Screening the film The Heart of Grieving. Exploring the mystery, the magic and the mundane of death and its aftermath.  

No charge. Held at the 1600 Divisadero Street, Hellman Conference Room, 1st floor, room C126. We encourage you to attend the entire series but welcome you to sign up for individual sessions. Please register by calling the Cancer Resource Center at (415) 885-3693.

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