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Let's Talk: Breathing Life into Death

  • Presbyterian Hospital Dallas 8200 Walnut Hill Lane Dallas, TX, 75231 United States (map)

Join us for an interactive, positive and uplifting day in Fogelson Forum and Haggar Hall.

Help us get past the stigma of discussing and planning for illness and end of life care and help open conversations about improving our days, until the end of life.

We have a great lineup of Speakers and Community Resources!

Registration, coffee, mix and mingle with Community Resources begins at 8:30 am

Program starts PROMPTLY  at 9:00 am in Fogelson Forum

Program ends at 2:30 pm

Visit Community Resources until 3:00

Reserve your tickets through Eventbrite HERE

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  • Susan Imke holds ANCC certification as a gerontological nurse practitioner and is CEO of Senior Health Solutions. She specializes in Parkinson's disease, dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders. She will discuss “Sustainable Sexuality” in an interesting and uplifting way.

  • Ben Myers is Associate Minister at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ

  • Julie Shrell is co-founder of Be The Difference Foundation and an ovarian cancer survivor. She will share her story as well as discuss the importance of understanding the BRCA gene. Knowledge is power.

  • Michael Richardson is a Board Certified Music Therapist and will share his perspective on the power of music as it relates to end of life.

  • Lydia Marruffo is the Funeral Director for Distinctive Life and Dallas Jewish Funerals. Lydia will inform us of a few interesting religious and cultural end of life rituals and customs. 

  • Dr. Robert Schwab is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Leader of Palliative Care Program of Texas Health Resources-Allen. Dr. Schwab will share the importance of healing conversations and helping people write their final chapter.

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Thank you to our Sponsors:

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Lunch Options in Haggar Hall:

Have lunch with new friends and learn more about cremation from  Distinctive Life  and then learn how Eterneva is turning ashes into eternal diamonds.

If you prefer, you can choose to enjoy a reflective lunch in a quiet setting.

Be prepared to buy interesting books from Interabang Books Pop-Up Library.

CEUs provided by Seniors Blue Book. (3.5 Social Workers and 1.5 RN-Must be present for the entire program)

Registration includes: Coffee, Light Breakfast, Boxed Lunch with water or tea, Snacks, Parking, CEUs and The Conversation Project Starter Kit-INCLUDED


Community Resources

Aging Life Care Association- holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.

Aging 2.0 Dallas Dallas chapter of a global network of innovators.

Apple Care and Companion is a family owned agency who has provided compassionate and affordable companionship and personal care care assistance since 2006.

Be the Difference Foundation was formed in 2012 by four ovarian cancer survivors to give survivors hope. Hope for better treatment options, hope for longer remissions and ultimately hope for a cure. 

Brennan Financial Services mission is to help their clients achieve financial independence through personalized investment and financial strategies. 

Chevra Kadisha Society is the group of dedicated Jewish volunteers who assist and support Jewish families with end-of-life customs like preparing the body, mourning, and comforting the bereaved.

Conversation Ready NTX is a local, grassroots initiative to encourage people to discuss and share their wishes for end of life care. 

Dallas Area Gerontological Society is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the issues of older adults.

Dallas Jewish Funerals is the only Jewish owned and operated funeral home in DFW.

Distinctive Life Cremation and Funerals is a family owned full service funeral home.

Elder Care Consultants of Texas helps families manage life's difficult transitions. 

Eterneva is an innovative company that turns ashes into cremation diamonds.

Faith Presbyterian Hospice is a full service hospice company with the only independent, residential living center, the Picken’s Center.

Interabang Books is a locally owned, independent bookstore.

J. McNair Dallas Law specializes in estate planning, probate, wills, trusts, guardianship and long term care benefits planning.

Memorial Masters is a visual story company that serves families, veterans and individuals who want to honor and preserve a loved one’s life stories and end-of-life memorials and obituaries. 

Seniors Blue Book provides seniors, caregivers and senior professionals a comprehensive source for services, housing options, resources and information that enrich the lives of our elder population.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas serves the communities of Dallas County and also treats complex cases from across North Texas with advanced medical treatments and an experienced staff that provides compassionate care.

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

UTSW Willed Body Program facilitates donations and is the largest program in Texas. Donating your body for medical education and research is one of the most generous gifts you can make.

We Care Family Solutions provides a variety of consulting services including starting a small business to helping resolve a decedent’s finances when they did not have a living will or estate. 


Park by the Margot Perot building and follow the kites!

Earlier Event: June 21
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