Education
Death Café

Death Café

Death Café is a discussion group – we welcome free-form conversation about death, whatever that means to the people in the room. There are no agendas, objectives or themes – and we are not a grief support group or educational meeting. Nothing is sold, taught or recruited for.

We simply gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their lives.

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Pull Up a Chair: Family Dynamics

Pull Up a Chair: Family Dynamics

Please join us at noon Thursday, April 14, for a complimentary lunch and a deep dive into Family Dynamics with a discussion facilitated by Jacqui Matthews, Christus Hospice Social Worker. And feel free to arrive at ABODE at 11 am to join us for Thursday Morning...

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ABODE Academy 4

ABODE Academy 4

ABODE Academy 4 focuses on Death and Dying: Religious Customs and Rituals. While most of us are familiar with customs and rituals in our own faith communities, those of our neighbors can seem a bit of a mystery. Which faiths favor cremation? Which favor burial? Which believe in reincarnation? What special prayers and anointments are needed? What medications are acceptable? And how about dietary considerations, dress codes and whether those dying should face east – or west?

A better understanding of our friends and neighbors helps ensure that we can take better care of one another in our final days.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative. Join us and learn the tools and strategies that will help you better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.

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Life After Loss Grief Support Group

Life After Loss Grief Support Group

Starting Wednesday, March 23: Join us for Life After Loss, our grief support group designed to help us better understand the process of grief and how to live through it in a way that is healing.

We’ll share experiences and support one other through a combination of teaching, discussion and learning activities.

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Pull Up a Chair: ABODE Values Training

Pull Up a Chair: ABODE Values Training

Our ABODE Values guide every aspect of our work and relationships, and are expressed and advanced through the practice of contemplative living and dying. Please join us at noon Thursday, March 10, for a complimentary lunch and a deep dive into our Values with a discussion facilitated by Denise Miner-Williams. Denise played a key role in writing our ABODE Values early on.

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ABODE Book Club and Study Group

ABODE Book Club and Study Group

We’ll read and discuss The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully by Frank Ostaseski. The group meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. each Tuesday, starting Jan. 18, via Zoom.

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Monday Meditation

Monday Meditation

An ABODE tradition! Our meditation format includes a brief reading chosen by the week’s facilitator to prepare us for 30 minutes of silent meditation. It could be a poem, a Scripture from any tradition or a reflection on a topic that opens us to deeper contemplation of awareness and love. After meditation, we follow with a conversation based on the reading or meditation. RSVP by sending an email to Edwin Sasek.

Monday Meditation is 5-6 pm, Mondays, hosted on Zoom.

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Thursday Meditation

Thursday Meditation

Join us for our Thursday Morning Meditation, 11 am-Noon, with Ed Alderette at ABODE and also via Zoom. We reflect on a brief reading and then go into meditative silence.

Family-style lunch follows at Noon.

RSVP by sending an email to Mary Thorsby.

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