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Alleviating the Fear of Death


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Why is the Grim Reaper so Grim? How Compassion can Alleviate the Fear of Death

This free workshop is for senior adults who would like to explore how living compassionately (through generosity, gratitude, surrender, and blessing) is the best preparation for dying well. These themes will be unpacked through the use of real life stories, discussion, and practical exercises.

Fred Grewe is a Board Certified Chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains) with a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. He is also an ordained UCC minister working for Providence Hospice in Medford. Grewe is the author of “What the Dying Have Taught Me about Living,” several peer reviewed articles, and has presented workshops on end-of life distress at numerous national conferences and at Kinsman Conferences in Oregon. His latest book, “Time to Talk about Dying’’ is scheduled to be published this spring by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Fr. Joel S. Garavaglia-Maiorano is an Anglican Priest and the Director of Spiritual Life and Wellbeing at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Oregon. He is the former Professor and Chair of Health at Kansas Wesleyan University and a U.S. Army veteran. Born in Detroit, Joel is an avid Tigers fan.

Date & Time: 1:30-3:00pm Friday, April 27

Venue: United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland



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