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November 2020

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

November 5 @ 1:00 pm

A Vigil reading and discussion with health science and nursing students in the Narrative Medicine class at Norwich University. Vigil will be present through the GoToMeeting platform.

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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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June 2019

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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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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