Aging, dying, subject of the workshop
Cross-cultural and religious perspectives on aging and death will be the focus of Inn Along the Way’s third summer series “Challenging Conversation Circles”. The program is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday August 29 at Chapman Farm, 741 Main Street in Damariscotta.
Aging is not only a biological process, it is also a cultural process. As a society, we are excited about the discussions regarding the birth of a child or young people. Yet in many cultures people discuss aging and death with extreme reluctance. While we can use the same words to describe aging and death, the actual meaning and conceptualization of these two words differ widely across cultures and religions, according to a new release from the hostel.
Different cultures apply different meanings and divergent values to the concepts of aging. Eastern cultures tend to place a high value on age and wisdom, while Western cultures tend to place a high value on youth. Each culture has its own beliefs about the meaning and purpose of life, aging, what happens near death and after death. On August 29, guided by your facilitator Carolyn Lukensmeyer, PhD, learn about Wabanaki, Judaic and Muslim traditions and beliefs regarding aging, end-of-life care, death and death in different cultures and religions as you meet and interact with our panelists: Wabanaki Nation, Lisa Sockabasin, MS, IA, Director, Wabanaki Public Health Acting Director, Wabanaki Healing & Recovery Departments, WPHW; The Jewish Community, Minda Gold, MD FAAFP, Physician, Full Circle Direct Primary Care; and The Muslim Community, Rifat A. Zaide, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, LincolnHealth.
Each panelist will share their stories, perspectives, values and beliefs across cultural and religious divisions.
The cross-cultural perspectives on aging and death will end with the opportunity to continue the conversations while enjoying light refreshments. Current Maine State CDC guidelines and protocols will be followed. For everyone’s safety, vaccinated and unvaccinated participants will be asked to wear a mask.
IAW’s Fourth Conversation Circle “Embracing Your Season of Life & Journey No matter your age” is scheduled to take place at 3pm on Sunday, September 19th.
For more information, contact Sherry Flint at 207-751-6261 or [email protected].