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a presentation of ... Creative Healing, LLC

                                   Opening The Heart Of Western Medicine

Death Expo Encore Interview:

Loretta Downs

"The Chrysalis™ Room:

Transforming Death in the Nursing Home"

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Jerrigrace Lyons is the founder and director of Final Passages, the first death midwifery and home funeral guidance program in the U.S. In this presentation she will discuss conscious dying and how to create sacred space at the end of life. You will learn how the home funeral movement is changing the perspective on death in our society.


Loretta Downs, MA is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, writer, facilitator and consultant on the subject of supporting the end of life experience with comfort and dignity. Ms. Downs is a storyteller with extraordinary experiences that suffuse her lively presentations with love, compassion, hope and wisdom.

Ms. Downs retired from a successful business career in the Merchandise Mart to study dying and death. She holds a Masters Degree in Gerontology, and is Past President of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition. She a Metta Institute Certified End-of-Life Care Practitioner; a graduate of Roshi Joan Halifax's Being With Dying program; a Certified Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator. She is a member of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital Ethics Committee, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the American Society on Aging, and the Pioneer Network that advocates for culture change in elder care models from home care to nursing home care. 

Her reflections on the history of keeping vigil are included in an interview in the Chrysalis™ Room at the Fairmont Care Center for the film "Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject" which has been shown in hospitals, universities, homes and on PBS stations around the country, inspiring viewers to talk about their end-of-life decisions. 

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About Death Expo:

Death Expo takes place once each year during the month of November. This is the 5th year for this online educational event produced by End-of-Life University, an online interview series that addresses all aspects of the end of life.

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