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Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant Fills March with Events

This year’s Peoria Reads! NEA Big Read selection, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast is a memoir in graphic novel form and tells the story of her journey with her parents as they age and pass away. A wide variety of events and discussions based on the book take place in March and all are free and open to the public.

Talk about the book on Sunday, March 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Methodist College, 7600 North Academic Drive, Peoria with Marjorie Getz, professor of arts and sciences at Methodist College and at 4:00 p.m. attend Death Café also at Methodist College. A Death Café is a scheduled discussion about death and dying. Colleen Karn, Assistant Professor of English & Humanities at Methodist College, will facilitate this discussion of understanding death and making the most of life.

Monica Vest Wheeler will share her experiences with those who have suffered loss and still found life to be enjoyed on Saturday, March 23 from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. at Lakeview Branch. Based on her work with cancer and stroke survivors, she will provide a positive, yet realistic, presentation related to how there IS life still to be enjoyed and discovered after a serious injury or illness or disease, whether you’re the patient, survivor or caregiver. Monica’s talk will be followed by Death Café, a discussion about death and dying.

A “Can’t We Talk: An End of Life Symposium” will be presented by Methodist College on Wednesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Methodist College and will feature six breakout sessions including “Can’t We Talk About Finance,” and other pertinent topics.

On Sunday, March 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at North Branch, Veronica Haskell, owner of the Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services, will discuss “having the talk of a lifetime.” She will provide us with a glimpse into a day in the life of the Peoria-area’s first comfort dog.

See the calendar in this issue of Passages or on the website for a complete list of events in March and April.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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