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Death&Dying: Conversations on End-of-Life MattersNovember 1-10 at the Library Center

Join us to discuss the curious, practical and emotional aspects of death and dying with gentle and sometimes humorous conversations.

From pet death, grief and estate planning to forensics and obituary writing, we'll have open and honest discussions that can help alleviate our fears and remind us to live life to the fullest. Don't miss a special all-ages event on loss and comfort with children's author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld.

Talking About Grief and Loss with Author & Illustrator Cori Doerrfeld

Saturday, November 9, 6-7:30 p.m. for all ages in the auditorium.

No matter our age, there are times when we all struggle with loss and grief—whether it's the death of loved one, a friend moving away or a bad day. Children's author and illustrator Cori Doerrfeld finds that often what a person needs is someone who will just listen. It's a message she conveys in The Rabbit Listened, a 2019 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award nominee. Cori will read and talk about her books, including the recently released Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! and the ways we can help ourselves and others when life gets difficult and our emotions become awkward and uncomfortable. Select titles will be available for purchase and signing. Cookie dough bites courtesy of Crave Cookie Dough. Funding for this program is provided by the Library Foundation.


Date Night with a Medical Examiner

Friday, November 1, 2019, 7 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

Curious about forensics? Forget "CSI." Spend your Friday evening with Chief Forensic Investigator Tom Van De Berg as he shares a behind-the-scenes look at the work of the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office, including the difference between a medical examiner and coroner. Q&A will follow the presentation.

The Dollars & Sense of Estate Planning

Saturday, November 2, 2019, noon-2 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

Don't let your financial plans go awry when you die. If you have property, retirement accounts or other assets, you may need to create an estate plan. Catherine E. Moore, estate planning attorney and mediator, Kirkland Woods & Martinsen, LLP; Krystal Creach, a CPA with BKD, and Library Foundation Development Director Melissa Adler will discuss estate planning, trusts and how organizations use trusts to support their missions, and answer audience questions. Don't miss this free opportunity to learn strategies for lowering taxes and leaving more for your family or a favorite charity.

How to Write Your Own Obituary

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 3-5 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

How do you want to be remembered? What do you want others to know about you? Writing your own obituary can be an integral part of end-of-life planning and a thought-provoking exercise at any stage of life. Library staff members Krissy Sinor and Ingrid Bohnenkamp will discuss obituary writing and help you create your own sample obituary, a lasting memory for your family and friends. Materials will be provided.

The Realities of Death

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 7 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

When asked how we want to die, most of us wish to die peacefully in our sleep. But life doesn't always end the way we'd like for it to. Dr. Albert Leonardo, medical director of Mercy Supportive and Palliative Care, will discuss end-of-life processes and medical care to provide a realistic picture of how we die as medical advancements offer to prolong our lives at any cost, the differences between hospice and palliative care and the importance of advance care planning.

Is This Normal? Understanding Themes of Loss

Monday, November 4, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m.
Library Center, Story Hour Room
For adults

Are you grieving the death of a loved one or know someone who is? Staff from Lost & Found Grief Center will talk about what you can expect to experience when grieving the death of family, friends or co-workers, and provide tips to help you cope.

Judaism & Death

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

Jewish ideas about death and the customs that have developed from those ideas are different from the ideas and customs associated with mainstream American funerals. Rabbi Barbara Block from Temple Israel will talk about Jewish ideas about death and will share some customs, including kaddish, a prayer said in memory of those who have died, and yizkor, a service of remembrance which is traditionally held as part of four Jewish holidays. Q&A will follow the presentation.

Caring for Our Pets at Life's End

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2 p.m.
Library Center, auditorium
For adults

When our animal companions get sick and grow old, it can be difficult to know how best to care for them at life's end. Dr. Meda McClure from Greener Pastures Pet Hospice will discuss end-of-life care, including pet hospice and euthanasia, aftercare options and resources that can help as you grieve the loss of a beloved pet.

Death Café of the Ozarks

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3-5 p.m.
Library Center, meeting rooms A and B
For adults

Having open, honest discussions about death and dying can help alleviate our fears, make educated decisions and remind us to live life to the fullest. Join us for casual conversations where you are welcome to share your curiosities, hopes, fears and experiences in a safe, judgment-free environment. Refreshments will be provided.

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