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February 2020

Bayada Hospice Program, Norwich, VT

February 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Bayada Hospice, Norwich, VT Norwich, VT

As a follow-up to Vigil Volunteer Training, Jessica DeGrechie, Bayada Hospice Director, has invited Vigil (and me!) to speak to staff and Hospice program volunteers. In the stories told and the poems read, we will share the deep meaning and privilege found by volunteers and staff alike in caring for individuals in the last sacred hours and moments of their life's journey. A reception will follow.

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January 2020

Capital Caring Health of the Greater Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area

January 28
Capital Caring Health Falls Church, VA + Google Map

Morning presentation with leadership and managers related to their Vigil Volunteers in their Hospice program in their new Falls Church, VA headquarters. Afternoon presentation/reading for Capital Caring Health's Hospice Volunteers at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington, VA.

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December 2019

Wake Robin Life Plan Community

December 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Vigil: The Poetry of Presence is, once again, being welcomed by the Wake Robin Community in Shelburne, VT for a sharing of poems, enriched by the telling of the stories around them. Book signing follows the presentation.

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UVM Arts and Creativity Learning Community

December 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
UVM Trinity Campus, 250 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

I look forward to being a guest speaker at UVM Arts and Creativity Learning Community's Arts Round-table being held in McAuley Hall on Trinity Campus. It is anticipated there will be 140 students, who have read excerpts of Vigil: The Poetry of Presence, in attendance to hear the reading of poems and learn more about my role as a hospice volunteer. Nurse Julia Doucet will serve as co-presenter and will speak about her work at the Open Door Clinic in…

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November 2019

Eastview at Middlebury

November 26, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Eastview at Middlebury, a Senior Retirement Community, will host a Vigil poetry reading. This event is open to anyone in the broader Middlebury community.

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Norwich University Writers Series

November 21, 2019
Norwich University Norwich, VT

Vigil and I have been invited to Norwich University! A new and cutting-edge multi-disciplinary course, "Narrative Medicine" is being taught by an English Professor and the Director of the School of Nursing. This course invites students to engage in stories about illness and caregiving and to consider the power of storytelling in the processes of caring and healing. Through a selection of readings and exercises that involve first-hand experiences, we will address how stories work to convey human experiences, the…

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Beacon (Seacoast) Hospice Program

November 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Beacon Hospice Portsmouth, NH

Beacon hospice volunteers and staff are invited to a reading of poetry related to sitting vigil with dying individuals. Learn more from the shared experiences of a seasoned hospice volunteer whose main role in volunteering is sitting vigil. Books will be available for sale and signing.

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South Portland, Maine Public Library

November 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
So. Portland Library, 482 Broadway
So. Portland, Maine

Join author Pamela MacPherson for a reading and talk on her book, Vigil: The Poetry of Presence, a collection of sixty-five poems written from the perspective of a seasoned hospice volunteer sitting with others in the last days and moments of their life. Through story and poetry, Pamela hopes to make attendees feel more comfortable, and more able to be fully present to others whether facing serious illness or the end of their life's journey. Books will be available for…

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Northern Light Hospice Program

November 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Northern Light Hospice Program So. Portland, Maine

Poetry and poignant, instructive stories of sitting vigil with the dying. Poet and hospice volunteer, Pam MacPherson, will share this hour with current hospice volunteers wishing to learn more about their role in sitting vigil.

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October 2019

Charlotte Public Library Book Discussion Series

October 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte, VT, 212 Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
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Charlotte Public Library is sponsoring a weekly book discussion on four Wednesdays in October, beginning on October 2nd. This series will be based on Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush's book: "Walking Each Other Home." Taken from Ram Dass’s quote, “We are all just walking each other home,” this book shows us “how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living.” Poet & hospice activist, Pam MacPherson, facilitates…

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September 2019

Highgate Library and Community Center

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
HIghgate Library and Community Center Highgate Center, VT

Franklin County Home Health and Hospice will offer a reading of poetry from Vigil: The Poetry of Presence at the Highgate Library and Community Center. Everyone is welcome!

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Deborah Rawson Memorial Library

September 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Deborah Rawson Memorial Library Jericho, VT

Vigil goes to the library! Reading and story-telling offered by Jericho's Deborah Rawson Library. Books available for sale and signing.

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June 2019

Northern Light Home Health and Hospice

June 3, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Northern Light Hospice Bangor

From the Northern Light Hospice Volunteer Newsletter: A unique educational opportunity, the reading of poetry by a Vermont hospice volunteer who sits vigil with dying patients. It will be held in the Benson Conference Room on Monday, June 3rd 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. and is open to all hospice volunteers and staff members interested in attending.

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Persian Pickles Book Group

June 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Private Home Bangor, Maine

This book group, in Bangor, Maine, selected Vigil: The Poetry of Presence for their May book choice. I will join them for the reading of some of the poems and a discussion of both the poems and my role as a vigil-sitting hospice volunteer.

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May 2019

Vt. Library Association’s 125th Annual Conference

May 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
UVM Dudley H. Davis Center Burlington, VT + Google Map

From the Vt. Library Association's 125th Annual Conference Program: Poet and hospice activist Pam MacPherson, with library director Margaret Woodruff, will share a framework for facilitating small group discussion based on the book, "Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving & Dying.” Taken from Ram Dass’s quote, “We are all just walking each other home,” this book shows us “how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of…

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April 2019

Charlotte Public Library Book Discussion Series

April 29, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte, VT, 212 Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
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Charlotte Public Library is sponsoring a weekly book discussion on four Mondays, beginning on April 29th and ending on May 20th. This series will be based on Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush's book: "Walking Each Other Home." Taken from Ram Dass’s quote, “We are all just walking each other home,” this book shows us “how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living.” Poet & hospice activist,…

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March 2019

Charlotte Public Library Book Discussion Series

March 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte, VT, 212 Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
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Charlotte Public Library is sponsoring a weekly book discussion on four Mondays, beginning March 11th and ending April 1st. This series will be based on Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush's book: "Walking Each Other Home." Taken from Ram Dass’s quote, “We are all just walking each other home,” this book shows us “how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living.” Poet & hospice activist, Pam MacPherson,…

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January 2019

Charlotte Public Library Book Discussion Series

January 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Charlotte Senior Center, Charlotte, VT, 212 Ferry Road
Charlotte, VT 05445
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Charlotte Public Library is sponsoring a weekly book discussion on four Mondays in January, beginning on January 7th. This series will be based on Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush's book: "Walking Each Other Home." Taken from Ram Dass’s quote, “We are all just walking each other home,” this book shows us “how death gives us an unparalleled opening to cultivate gratitude, compassion, mindfulness, and an abiding joy in the simple beauty of living.” Poet & hospice activist, Pam MacPherson, facilitates…

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November 2017

Norwich University School of Nursing’s Inaugural White Coat Ceremony

November 30, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

I am so honored to be asked to be the keynote speaker for Norwich University School of Nursing's Inaugural White Coat Ceremony!  With the support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, white coats will be conferred upon 43 second year nursing students who are ready to enter the clinical phase of their training.   The students will then recite an oath promising to deliver humanistic, compassionate care to those they serve. A memorable day awaits both the students, faculty, families…

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Vigil: Sacred Presence to the Dying

November 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
All Souls Interfaith Gathering, 291 Bostwick Farm Road
Shelburne, VT 05482 United States
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