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Death Cafe

Franciscan Spirituality Center
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We all know that death is an inevitable part of life, but how often do we really think about it – much less talk about it? Please join us for a meaningful and open discussion about death and dying from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, 920 Market St., La Crosse. All are welcome.

The first “Death Cafe” was offered in the United Kingdom in 2011, and the idea has since spread throughout the globe. According to the official website (deathcafe.com), the purpose is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” Local physician Dr. Jackie Yaeger will facilitate this group-directed discussion with no agenda or pre-determined objectives. It’s important to note that this is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session. Refreshments are typically served at Death Café events, and the FSC will provide coffee, tea and snacks. There is no cost to attend this event, but freewill donations toward the cost of refreshments are appreciated. Registration is required; please call 608-791-5295 or visit www.FSCenter.org by April 20 to reserve your spot.

Jackie Yaeger, M.D., is board certified in family medicine and palliative care. Dr. Yaeger has worked in a variety of settings including rural medicine with obstetrics, Indian Health Service, academic medicine and hospice. She served as hospice medical director at Gundersen Health System from 2009-17 and, in August 2017, opened Home Visit Doctor, LLC, a solo practice designed specifically to serve frail elders and people facing life-limiting illness.

In addition to her medical training, Dr. Yaeger is certified by the Conscious Dying Institute (Boulder, Colorado) as a sacred passage guide/death doula and is a graduate of Frank Ostaseski’s Metta Institute program for end-of-life practitioners in Northern California. She also has completed the three-year Spiritual Deepening for Global Transformation program at The Christine Center in Willard, Wisconsin.