NEWBERRY — The Unitarian Universalist Church sponsors an interdenominational community conversation Sunday from 3 p.m to 4 p.m. entitled Healthy Perspectives on Dying: Wisdom for the Aging. Death is a normal occurrence in the life cycle. In fact, it is a consequence of living that everyone will at some point cease to exist. Yet this inevitable phenomenon of human existence often is the most stressful and grief filled experience for our species.
The free community event considers ways to reduce the trauma from end of life events by examining death through the following lenses: religion, law, psychology and personal experience. The session consists of four short presentations followed by an informal conversation between those in attendance and the presenters.
Sharing views about death through a religious perspective will be the Rev. David Seymour, Interim Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church. Attorney and retired Methodist Pastor Rudy Barnes will discuss important legal issues related to dying. Rev. Ralph Garofano, Minister of Unitarian Universalist Church in Newberry and Education Manager for the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Palmetto Richland Hospital will discuss the psychological issues related to death and dying. Ernest Cline, a member of UU Church will share insights on financial considerations and other relevant topics.
The focus of the session is on sharing important and meaningful information in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The Unitarian Universalist Church in Newberry is located 1.3 miles east of the intersection of Highway 219 and I-26. For additional information about this event, call 924-3490.