Welcome To The Circle Of Life Coalition

 The Circle Of Life Coalition educates the community
and professionals on all aspects of end of life care

May 2014 Monthly Seminar

 My Gift of Grace

Presenter: Peggy Hartzell

Join us for a presentation led by Peggy Hartzell as she discusses a truly unique game titled My Gift of Grace. The game was developed by the Action Mill Design Group in Philadelphia to help facilitate conversations with friends and family about living and dying well. Peggy will provide us with sample questions and a review of the directions for playing. If time permits, attendees will be able to play the game to demonstrate how it’s played and give a hands-on experience with the process.    

  When: Thursday,  May 1, 2014
Time: 7:45AM to 8:45AM
Where: The McGlinn Conference Center
460 St. Bernadine St., Reading, PA 19607

Download flyer here.

To register online, click here.  These monthly seminars are open to the public and free to attend.
Light refreshments will be available. 


Community Education Series

April 30, 2014
6:00PM to 8:00PM

The McGlinn Conference Center
460 St. Bernardine Street
Reading, PA 19607

Open to the Public and Free to Attend

Caring for Veterans at End of Life

Join us as Cathy Barton, RN, of Bayada Home Care & Hospice, describes how to meet the needs of veterans at end of life and how their needs may vary depending on their time of service. Ann Barlet, Manager of Community Outreach and Education for the Berks County Area Agency on Aging, will discuss community resources available for veterans.

Light refreshments will be served along with your chance to win DOORPRIZES!

Thank You to our Sponsor AseraCare Hospice!

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2014 Sweet Street Dessert Truck Sale

Mother’s Day Weekend 2014

Saturday, May 10th and Sunday, May 11th
9am to 6pm
Lowes Parking Lot (Shillington Road and Route 724)

Download flyer here to see what desserts we will be selling!


 2013 Annual Excellence Award


The Circle of Life Coalition presented our annual Excellence Award to Berks Community Television (BCTV). Gerry McGinnis, Program Director for BCTV accepted the third annual award given to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in their support of the Coalition. BCTV allows us to have our monthly TV program focusing on our mission statement and how we fulfill it. On behalf of the Circle Of Life Coalition, we thank BCTV for their many years of service and proudly give them this award as a symbol of our appreciation.


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Want To Become A Part Of The Coalition? Join one of our Committees. Whether you’ve got a few hours a month or more, we would love to have you become a part of the Circle of Life Coalition. Learn more by reviewing our individual Committee’s by clicking here or e-mail Margaret Gore at margoretj@gmail.com.


Donate to the Coalition: The Circle of Life Coalition welcomes donations to help continue our mission to the community and health care professionals. All donations are tax deductible. Within 2 weeks you will receive a letter from the Coalition indicating your tax deductible status for your tax return. Make a donation today by clicking on the donate button.    

Coalition News

Media CoverageSince January of 2009, the Reading Eagle has published reviews of our monthly seminars and conferences over 17 times. We would like to thank them for their continued support of the Coalition.

1. Carolyn Quinn – Music For The Journey – January 29, 2013 – Click here to read the article.

2. Rev. David Duquette – A Blue Christmas – December 22, 2012 – Click here to read the article.

3. 2012 Annual Conference – November 7, 2012 – Click here to read article one. Click here to read article two.

4. Dr. Edward Hanna – Mediation for family disagreements that stem from end-of-life issues – February 19, 2012 – Click here to read the article.

5. Barb Bieber – Cancer Challenges and Resources – August  Seminar 2011 Click here to read the article.

6. State Of The Coalition – A review of the Coalition’s success and future plans – June 2, 2011 – Click here to read the article.

7. Rev. Joyce Christman – Loss of A Baby – May Seminar 2011 – Click here to read the article.

8. Dr. Edward B. Michalik – Suicide Prevention – March Seminar 2011 – Click here to read the article.

9. Gary R. Hawkins – Technology/Society/Suicide – March 2011 -Eagle Reporter Mary Young – Click here.

10. Jamal Abodalo – From Keening to Quiet Acceptance, Cultural Reactions to Death Vary Greatly – November Conference 2010 -  Click here to read the article.

11. Janet A. Hivner/Jay Harris – Organ Donation & You – October Seminar 2010 – Click here to read the article.

12. Lilly Tryon – Berks Parish Nurses In Our Community – April Seminar 2010 – Click here to read the article.

13. Rev. Dr. Gregory Stoddard – Palpable Power of Presence – February Seminar 2010 – Click here to read the article.

14. Dr. Daniel B. Kimball – Universal Healthcare – January Seminar 2010 – Click here to read the article.

15. Domer Leibensperger – Ashes to Ashes – Cremations On The Rise – May Seminar 2009 – Click here to read the article.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

16. Dr. Henriette Alban – Near Death Experiences – February Seminar 2012 – Read the article by clicking here.

17. Caroline Baker – The History of Black Funerals – January Seminar 2009 – Click here to read the article.