BRIDGING THE DIVIDE:
2023 End-of-Life Virtual Conference Series
For more than two decades we have been providing end-of-life education in southern Arizona. Over the last three years, thousands of people from across the nation and around the globe have participated in our virtual education series.
This year we invite you to join us as we traverse the mortality terrain through our supportive and challenging discussions, films, presentations, and games. All are welcome to this free series of events.
All sessions are free of charge. Join us now!
Unburying My Father Thursday, February 16th, 2023 | 6-7:30pm (MST)
Zander's talk is a deep dive into his process of exploring grief through creativity. He shares intimate details of his father Randy's life as a friend, son, parent, husband, and photographer, as told by the people who knew him best. Zander discusses the impact that his father’s silence surrounding his illness had on him, his trauma around losing one parent, and his struggle to connect with the other. The talk features Randy's stunning photography and audio recordings of the people that knew and loved him. Zander takes viewers through the creative processes of collecting, writing, and grieving, with the goal of helping others to find ways of sharing their own grief stories. Audience members always leave with a sense of openness, connection, and permission to be vulnerable.
Presented by: Zander Masser
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Zander Masser is an occupational therapist, husband, father, musician, and author of the narrative photography book, Unburying My Father. Zander's father, Randy, contracted HIV from using contaminated blood products to treat his bleeding disorder and died in 2000 from AIDS-related illnesses. Twenty years later, Zander unburied ten thousand slides from Randy's career as a professional photographer, which prompted him to dig deeper into his father's life. What started as a photography project evolved into a transformative exploration of living with, and healing from, grief. Since the release of his book, Zander has delivered talks and workshops to a global audience, and to wide acclaim. You can find out more about him and his project, and purchase his book, at www.randymasserphoto.com