In 2020 each conversation will focus on a theme such as grief, aging, death… There will be a short presentation and then as always a time to break into smaller groups for an open space to share thoughts, fears, beauty, perspectives and experiences in regard to death and dying. We have yet to settle on all of the themes so if you have something you would like to share, please do let us know through our Contact Form.
Following are the 2020 dates for the quarterly conversations. Each event will be held at The Commons Community and Art Center at 7pm
Thursday, February 13th; Thursday, May 14th; Thursday, August 13; Thursday, November 12th
Friday, March 13, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Landmark Center, Rm 202
Full workshop cost – $85
Price includes lunch, and one copy of My Final Wishes.
Friday evening movie and discussion is included in the cost of the workshop but is also open to the public for a free will donation.
Advance registration for Saturday is required as space is limited. Until the latter part of the 19th century, most people were born and died in their own homes. When they were born, their family cared for them; when they died, their family cared for them. Dying, like birthing was integrated into living. Caring for those who had died was not only the last act of love, it was the first step of healing. This workshop will give you the information and hands-on practice to prepare you to care for your family member after death at home, and to carry out a home or family-directed funeral with or without the services of a funeral director.
Friday: 6:30 pm (open to the public)
Screening of In The Parlor. Discussion to follow.
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Registered participants only
Saturday Workshop Topics covered: • Family Direct Cremation & Green Burial options • Advance planning: Utilizing My Final Wishes, WI Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Will, Ethical Will, & Declaration of Final Disposition in advance of your death. • Meeting WI legal requirements and acquiring the necessary paperwork • Care of the Body • Creating sacred space and Home Vigils.
The workshop and film screening will be held at our office:
500 East Jefferson St., Room 202, Viroqua, WI
Past Events and Workshops
Benefit Concert and Art Auction
Saturday, October 19
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Commons (formerly the Ark)
401 E Jefferson St, Viroqua
SILENT ART AUCTION opens
Wine & heavy hors d’oeuvres
Altar of Remembrance
More about the Altar...
More about the Auction
(click on the featured artist to listen to a song or two.)
Green Burial Film Series
This Film Series has ended, but you are welcome to check out any of the movies from our lending library. Our office is open Wednesday afternoons from 1-5 pm or email to arrange a check-out time.
What is Green Burial? What is a Conservation Cemetery?
We are offering this three-film series exploring the development of three natural burial grounds in the US. Our hope is to start a conversation about what we can envision here in western Wisconsin to care for our dead with minimal environmental impact while restoring or preserving valuable habitat.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Viroqua Food Co-op Community Room
A Will for the Woods follows musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. Clark, a spirited and charismatic advocate, sets out to save a tract of forest with the help of green burial pioneers and the compassionate owner of a local cemetery.
Have you chosen to live a greener life?
One man has and he has taken it one step further, he not only wants to live green but he wants die green as well and is helping others do the same. Dying Green, a short documentary by Ellen Tripler set in the foothills of the Appalachians, explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campell, the town’s only physician and his efforts have radically changed our understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Billy Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. This film focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves.
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Viroqua Food Co-op – Community Room
A short documentary about a new direction for an old cemetery in southern New Jersey. Here is an article on the cemetery: “The Green Burial Experience”
Thursday, July 11, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Viroqua Food Cooperative
Both of the films, Dying Green and A Will for the Woods will be available to check out of our lending library. Call to make arrangments or stop by during our open office hours on Wednesday afternoons.