MORTAL CURIOSITY:
2022 End-of-Life
Virtual Conference Series

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For more than two decades we have been providing end-of-life education in southern Arizona. In 2021, we went virtual, and reached over 1,000 attendees from across the nation and around the globe.

This year we invite you to satisfy your curiosity about mortality and important end-of-life topics through supportive and challenging discussions, presentations, film, and games. All are welcome to this free series of events.

All sessions are free of charge. Join us now!

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Visibility Matters: LGBTQI+ and Aging September 15th, 2022 | 6-7:30pm (MST)

As LGBTQI+ people age and need supportive services to meet their aging goals, many of them question whether it is safe to share that they are LGBTQI+ due to stigma they have witnessed and experienced over their lifetimes.

When planning for end-of-life care, it is crucial to ensure LGBTQI+ people feel they can come out and be their authentic selves so that we can meet their unique needs.

Visibility Matters is a training for our community’s aging care providers, formal and informal, to ensure that older LGBTQI+ adults receive aging-related services that are welcoming, respectful, and safe for them. This session helps aging care professionals and volunteers become more informed, sensitive to, and supportive of the needs of LGBTQI+ older adults and their families.

Presented by: Sarah Bahnson

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The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss October 20, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:00 pm (MST)

Loss of a loved one is something everyone experiences, and for as long as humans have existed, we have struggled when a loved one dies. Poets and playwrights have written about the dark cloak of grief, the deep yearning, and devastating heartache of loss. But until now, we have had little scientific perspective on this universal experience. Join us as we hear from author, Mary Frances O’Connor, renowned grief expert, neuroscientist, and psychologist talk about her new book, The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss; and learn what happens in our brain when we grieve.

Presented by: Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD 

2022 End-of -Life Event Series Recordings

We offer recordings of our previously held series events. Our goal is to help educate our community on end-of-life topics and normalize conversations about the end-of-life journey. Please take a moment to view our recordings and learn more about our presenters.

  • Join us for a night of storytelling, trivia and fun as we gather to play Morbid Curiosity, a card game that challenges you to explore the greatest mystery of all-Death!

  • Caregiver stress and burden may sometimes be misunderstood, with the real culprit being ambiguous loss - when the person is physically present but psychologically different from who they once were. Learn definitions and concrete strategies to infuse hope, meaning and promote self-care.

  • A moving cinéma vérité documentary that breaks through the walls of one of America’s oldest maximum-security prisons to tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner and the hospice volunteers, they themselves prisoners, who care for him.

  • During her presentation, Neumann will talk about the history of the industry's challenges, advocates' decades-long efforts to improve them, the unauthorized use of hydroxychloroquine in the early days of Covid, and the effects on elders who depend on these facilities for their care before, during, and after the pandemic.

  • Dividing heirlooms can create touchy family situations.  These items can sometimes bring out the worst in families, often at a time when emotions are high, after the death of a loved one.  This seminar will help attendees learn how your family can prepare to pass on personal property without causing a family divide.

  • The death of a loved one is never easy. Arranging affordable, dignified, meaningful care for someone who has died shouldn't add to the difficulties. This session is designed to help you make well-informed economical decisions about what you must purchase and what is optional when arranging for burial, cremation, or other after-death care.

Thank you to our amazing Universal Series Sponsor: The Connie Hillman Family Foundation

Shooting Star Series Sponsor

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All are welcome to this free series of events. If you have an idea for a session that you'd like to see, please let us know!

We can be reached with questions and suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.

2021 End-of -Life Event Series Recordings

We offer recordings of our previously held series events. Our goal is to help educate our community on end-of-life topics and normalize conversations about the end-of-life journey. Please take a moment to view our recordings and learn more about our presenters.

transforming the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well