The Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University Community Champion wants you to know about these events (pci.wwu.edu). This organization sponsors both provider training events and community education and activation outreach around issues of serious illness and dying. Since Delta is not all that far away from Bellingham, they thought Delta Hospice staff, volunteers and clients might be interested in some events coming up in the near future.
Because the arts often provide an opening door for discussion about hard topics, the Palliative Care Institute is collaborating with The Bellingham Theatre Works (BTW), a local community repertory theatre company, to mount a series of plays this summer through the Fairhaven Repertory Theatre series. Each play has a major character who has is facing serious illness or death. For the July 7, 14, and 21 matinees, the Palliative Care Institute will be facilitating a panel and audience talk-backs after the plays to explore these themes.
In October, they are bringing Sallie Tisdale, the author of Advice for Future Corpses (and those who love them) to Bellingham for a community lecture. She has worked as a hospice nurse and this book is both funny and profound (see pci.wwu.edu/advice-future-corpses-and-those-who-love-them-sallie-tisdale).
For more information on these events and to register, connect with Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute here.