Periodic presentations, often in conjunction with the Linger Longer Living Series, which occur throughout the year. Any future scheduled event will be listed below.
Lisa Smartt ~ A Lecture & Discussion
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
Reynolds Landing Clubhouse
– five dollars per person – reservations open may 12 –
Until now, no author has systematically studied end-of-life communication
by using examples from ordinary people.
Author and Linguist Lisa Smartt, is also the founder of The Final Words Project. When Lisa’s father became terminally ill, she began transcribing his conversations. Once a skeptical man with a secular worldview, he surprised his daughter when he began to describe seeing angels, a beautiful new world and deepening peace as he approached the threshold. Intrigued by her father’s unusual words and new perspective, Smartt grabbed pencil and paper and tracked his final words. This led to her establishing The Final Words Project and collecting and analyzing more than 2,000 utterances from over 200 people at the end of life.
In this inspiring presentation, Smartt will explore how the language of the dying points the way to a transcendent world beyond our own and offers a map for better communication at end of life.
— past topics include —
– Pilgrimages of Life – The Problem of Evil – Centenarians: Can You Live to be 100? –
– Images of God – Common Sense in Public Discourse – Driven No More –
– The Hebrew Scriptures of The Common English Bible – Globalization & the Islamic State –
– The Apostle Paul & the Ancient Corinthians – The Biblical Rembrandt –
– Celtic Christianity – Memorializing the Holocaust – Sex as Sin or Sex as Salvation –
– Why do they hate us? What is jihad? – The Torah: Law & Lore – Understanding my Grandchildren –
The Reformation / a Religious Revolution –