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Death as Life: Working With WNC Death Care Practitioners to Re-make the Commons

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Nov 22, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
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About the Event

In this online Learning Circle, Death Care practitioners from around WNC― midwives, shroud and casket makers, fiber artists, death educators, and green cemetarians― will share how they are working to weave meaning and community connectivity back into our collective death and dying practices.

In sharing their projects and work on November 22nd,  these practitioners seek to spark a conversation including participants, around how we can collaborate to grow our regional capacity for providing inclusive and earth-honoring death care services.

Panelists include:

Katherine Savage – Death midwife in Yancey County

Katherine has formed a team of doulas and midwives, energy healers and body workers, musicians and artists, to gift the dying what they want and need to transition with ease and grace. She is also partnering with the Fiber Arts Dept. at Warren Wilson College to weave her shroud.

Sarah Lasswell – Owner of Moss & Thistle Flower Farm in Lake Lure

Sarah grows and markets seasonally diverse and ecologically sound flowers. She also grows willow coppice and weaves willow “casket-baskets”, an ancient and beautiful burial practice.

Aditi Sethi – Hospice physician, death midwife and convener of grief concerts in Black Mountain

Aditi will describe the hospice system of care and speak to the value of having a more community oriented approach to caring for individuals who are dying and have died. She will also share her partnership with Cassie Barrett to provide education about end of life care options and assist with death preparation.

Zev Friedman - Director of Co-operate WNC

Zev will discuss the historical relevance of death and burial services provided through membership in mutual aid societies of the past, and how those might be revived in our region through cooperative businesses and distributed economic empowerment.

Cassie Barrett – Director of Operations & Marketing for Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Asheville

Cassie will discuss the environmental impact of green burial and the healing benefits of a community centered approach to laying your loved ones to rest.

Melanie Wilder – Supervisor of Fiber Arts Dept. at Warren Wilson College, and owner of Wild Earth Textiles

Melanie will discuss how fiber intersects with cultural rites such as death and burial practices, and her interest in returning cloth-making plants to our fields, and creating local fiber infrastructure.

Nikianne Feinberg – death midwife at Earthaven, and Director of School of Integrated Living

Nikianne will share her experiences and gifts of being a part of at-home end of life care, home funerals, and home burials in her community of Earthaven Ecovillage.

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