Death and Dying with Deborah Starr
Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 to 8 pm
Suggested donation of 100 pesos
Drop-ins welcome but pre-registration preferred
For registration and questions, contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Plain Talk on Death & Dying:
An Evening Designed to Encourage and Guide Meaningful, Useful, and Important Conversations About End-of-Life and Death with Deborah Starr, PhD. How is our relationship with death defined by cultural experience? Is there a normal way to die? What do doctor’s know? What do the dying know? And their caregivers? Is there a better death than we currently imagine and experience? How can death teach us about living and inform the choices we make and the opportunities we create at the end of life? Our current Western/American culture tends to deny death. Denial of death is problematic as it disallows thoughtful decision making about real end-of- life issues. Such denial often results in unfortunate and unnecessary experiences of pain, suffering, and isolation in addition to unexpected financial burdens. Open-hearted and candid conversations can alter this. This session, through film and discussion, will explore: ….death as a cultural experience, for better or worse. …the potential narrative of a “better death.” …how reflecting on mortality has the possibility to be life enhancing. JOIN US.
Deborah Starr, Ph.D. Psychology, M.S. Narrative Medicine, is currently an Academic Fellow in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is a licensed therapist in California, with a dynamic background in both psychology and neuroscience. Her dissertation and early work was with eating disorders and before pursuing Narrative Medicine, she spent ten years in litigation consulting. Her latest studies have led her to focus on how healthcare is delivered in contemporary culture, including wellness trends and end-of-life issues. She created an engaging animated film called “Plain Talk,” https://youtu.be/XamclxiHXFk , to encourage people to talk about death/end-of-life concerns and to change the cultural norm on this topic. Most recently, Deborah produced a staged reading in NYC of the play, “Progressive & Irreversible” by Shirley Loeb, about Alzheimer’s disease. She is interested in using the arts as a tool for education and transformation.