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February 2016 Seminar

Lakota Death & Dying Practices

Join us as we learn about the death and dying practices of the Lakota Indians. The Lakotas are a tribal Native American group that resides in the northern part of the United States. Dr. Omaha Boy was married to a full-blooded Lakota and lived on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota for eleven years. She will share the understanding the Lakotas have for the Circle of Life. We will also learn about their practices at wakes and funerals.



When: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 8:15 – 9:15am PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
Where: The McGlinn Conference and Spirituality Center
460 St. Bernadine St., Reading, PA 19607

   These monthly seminars are open to the public and free to attend.
Light Refreshments Will Be Available.

Refreshments sponsored by:

Rittenhouse Senior Living

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Elder Law

  2015 Annual Excellence Award

The Circle of Life Coalition presented our Fifth Annual Excellence Award to Joyce Christman, Chaplain and her employer, Adventist WholeHealth Network. This award is given to those who have gone beyond the call of duty in their support of the Coalition. Adventist WholeHealth Network has supported our mission and has been allowing us to host our board meetings in their welcoming meeting space. Joyce had chaired our Conference Committee and coordinated a truly remarkable Annual Conference for the COLC. The administrative staff of Adventist WholeHealth Network assisted with many clerical duties related to our Annual Conference. The Coalition thanks Adventist WholeHealth Network and Joyce for their continued support and we proudly give them this award as our symbol of appreciation.


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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. Seeking Death with Dignity – March 16, 2015 - Click here to read the article.

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

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

4. 2012 Annual Conference – November 7, 2012 – Click here to read article one. Click here to read article two.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archives – Click here for archives for all of the Circle of Life Coalition TV Program