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Planning for Death: Funeral and Burial Alternatives

Please join us for potluck meal and then a special talk by Chuck Lakin, who will lead us through a discussion of alternatives to the usual forms of funerals and burials in our culture.

Chuck will start with the basics of general planning, legal documents to have in order, conversations to have with family members and similar issues.  Then we will move into a more detailed conversation on options such as home funerals, green cemeteries, alkaline hydrolysis, family burying grounds, scattering ashes, and anything you want to know!  Chuck says, "We’ll share stories. I’d bet that you’ll even laugh sometimes."

We will also have a sign up for a summer field trip to Cedar Brook Burial Ground in Limington, for those who would like to visit one of Maine's two green burial grounds. 

Please come at 6:00 with a dish/beverage to share and your potluck kit (dish/bowl/utensils/napkin/cup). The program will start at 6:30, and will be in the downstairs of The Old White Church. Please park in the parking lot or along the road on the same side of the street.

More About Chuck Lakin:

Chuck is a woodworker and home funeral educator, whose interest in this topic 
came from his experience at his father's death. He wanted to be part of what happened after the death, but didn't know what to do, and missed out. Now he knows and wants to share that information.  More info can be found at “Last Things: Alternatives at the End of Life”  (www.lastthings.net)

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  • Kevin E.

    This was a deeply empowering meetup.

    June 19, 2014

  • Lee

    So glad I attended. Thanks for suggesting this topic and speaker, Cheryl!

    June 19, 2014

  • Shannon R.

    Inspirational and empowering. Chuck was wonderful.

    June 19, 2014

  • Jean B.

    Excellent - informative and interesting

    June 18, 2014

  • Cheryl

    Chuck is such a gift!

    June 18, 2014

  • Francoise P.

    Very interesting and helpful

    June 18, 2014

  • Jean B.

    I'm very interested in coming but won't know for sure until Wednesday if it can work for me.

    June 16, 2014

  • Jean K.

    Hi all, I'm unable to attend but would like to be included on the sign up for the field trip to Cedar Brook Burial Ground. Would someone do this for me please?
    Thanks,
    Jean

    June 16, 2014

    • Shannon R.

      Hello Jean. What I will do is create another Meetup event once we decide on a date/time for a field trip. Then people can connect to ride share, etc. How's that?

      June 16, 2014

    • Jean K.

      Thank-you!

      June 16, 2014

  • Elaine

    Dear Shannon, I just now saw your note about Kevin's willingness to pick me up en route home from work. But then I'd hate for him to have to drive back to 62 Avalon Rd! I was just about to email to tell you that I wouldn't be coming since actually, I've already made plans to be cremated when it's my turn to go. My decision to go was motivated less by need than simply by interest in general, but you see, I can read Chuck Lakin's website. And hopefully I can meet you and Kevin at another meetup gathering held closer to Portland. Okay? DO thank Kevin for me, though!

    June 15, 2014

    • Shannon R.

      Hi Elaine. So sorry we won't see you! Hope to catch up soon, though. Be well!

      June 16, 2014

    • Elaine

      Yes, we'll meet at another time, Shannon; it'll happen! ;o)

      June 16, 2014

  • Elaine

    How kind of you to ask on my behalf, Shannon! BTW, I really like this photo of you, and the hood too, and best of all, your bio.

    June 9, 2014

    • Shannon R.

      Hello Elaine. Kevin says he will be glad to pick you up on his way home from work. Can you remind me of your address? I've only been there once, and it was my very first Meetup! Thank you for your kind words, too. :)

      June 15, 2014

  • Shannon R.

    Hi all - is anyone coming from Portland or nearby who could help Elaine with a ride? Please let us all know - thanks!

    June 9, 2014

  • Elaine

    No response about joining me which is why I'm asking for a ride with someone else. I live in Portland but could go to someone house nearby to share that ride.

    June 8, 2014

  • Elaine

    Could I have a ride with someone?

    June 8, 2014

  • Elaine

    I'm hoping to interest some friends in this; not sure yet who can or can't go. But thank you!!

    June 1, 2014

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