The launch of our book at Brookline Booksmith on March 25, 2014 was an outstanding success.  I hope that you will be able to join us at one of our readings and bring along anyone who you feel might benefit from learning about the book. — Claire Willis


Upcoming Events & Conferences

Watch Claire’s interview with Peter Bermudes about Grief on Wide Angle.

Listen to Claire's July 15, 2015 interview with Cheryl Jones on Good Grief Radio
on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.
Topic: Lasting Words

Upcoming Events 2016

Past Events 2016

January, 2016
Learning to Accept Grief as a Lifelong Companion
E-course led by Joanne Turnbull and Claire Willis
Co-sponsored by Spirituality & Practice and Sage-ing International
This e0course is “Available on Demand.” For more details and to sign up for the e-course click here.

April 29-30, 2016
16th Annual Stowe Weekend of Hope 
A celebration of life and learning for cancer survivors and those who love them

Location: Stowe, Vermont

Creating a Legacy from Our Everyday Lives
Date: Saturday, April 30th; 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Using the Mind to Heal the Body  
Saturday April 30, 2016, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May 20, 2016
Journal Conference 2016
The Grieving Heart: Writing Paths to Living with Loss
Writing Ethical Wills
Friday May 20, 2016
Karunga Conference Center, 130 Kanuga Chapel Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28739

Past Events 2015

Feb. 12th
Techniques for Creating Your Legacy
Desoto Palms Assisted Living Community

Creating a Legacy in our Later Years
Kobernick House

Feb. 13th
Leaving a Legacy Through Lasting Words
Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota

Feb. 17th
Leaving a Legacy with Lasting Words

February 23 – 25, 2015
Social Worker Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly: Championing Psychosocial Care
Presenting: Lasting Words: Creating a Legacy Toward the Close of Life

American Society on Aging, March 24, 2015
Write to the Heart of Grief
Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL

May 3, Sunday from 1:00-4:00
Writing and Reading about Loss
Location: TBD

May 14, Thursday from 12:00-1:00
Book reading
Location: Hallmark Health Hospice, Malden, MA

May 16, Saturday at 4:00
Leaving a Legacy Through Lasting Words: Reflections As We Age
Location: Sturgis Library, Barnstable, MA

July 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM Pacific, 5:00 PM Eastern (Live)
Good Grief with Cheryl Jones
Good Grief Radio on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Lasting Words
Click to listen to replay.

Click here for more information.

October 13, 20, 27, 2015
Brookline Adult Education
Topic: Reflections on Aging Through Writing
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Location: 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA 02445

October 23 – 24, 2015
Topic: Creating Ethical Wills:  Reflections and Gratitude as We Age
Brattleboro Hospice, Brattleboro, Vermont
Date: October 23, Open to Public
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Date: October 24, Writing Workshop
Time: 10:0 am – 3:00 pm
Registration: Call 802-257-0775 to register
Location: Brattleboro Area Hospice  — exact location given upon registration

November 4-6, 2015
Topic: Write to the Heart of Grief
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts (HPCFM) Education Conference
Date: November 5, 2015
Time: 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Location: Four Points Sheraton Hotel
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, Massachusetts  02062
Contact: Betsy Watt
Phone: 781-255-7077

November 6, 2015
Topic: Writing and Trauma
PEN/New England
Regis College, Weston, MA

November 7, 2015
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Keynote Speaker
Topic: Strengthening our Resilience for Holding Death
Time: 12- 2:30 PM
Location: VNA Care Network and Hospice, 120 Thomas Street, Worcester, MA

November 8, 2015
Topic: Leaving a Legacy Through Lasting Words
Time:  11:00- 12:30 PM
Location: Boxborough UCC Church
723 Massachusetts Avenue, Boxborough, MA 01719
Registration: (978) 263-7387

November 14, 2015
Topic: Write to the Heart of Grief
Friends of Mel Conference
Marriott Hotel Quincy, MA 
Time: 9:45 am to 11:00 am

November 15, 2015
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Topic: Strengthening our Resilience for Holding Death and Loss
Time: 12:30 – 3:00
Location: VNA Care Network and Hospice, 254 Second Avenue, Needham, MA

December 16, 2015
Mt. Auburn Cemetery Candlelight Service
Remembering Our Loved one At the Holidays
Service: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: 580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Past Events 2014

Book Launch:  March 25th, 2014, Brookline, MA Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA, 127 people and 110 book sold at the launch event!

April 29th, Brattleboro VT, Marlboro Graduate Center, Brattleboro Hospice
May 4, Newton Centre, MA, Lutheran Church of the Newtons
May – June, Boston Medical Center  3 Week Workshop: Creating Lasting Words for Ourselves and Those We Love based on Lasting Words. More Information.
June 3, 2-4 pm, The Healing Garden, Harvard, MA Creating a Legacy from our Everyday Events
June 11, 10:30 – 11:30 am Bedford, MA Healthcare Lecture Series
June 17 at 7 pm, Newtonville, MA Facing Cancer Together
June 27th, 7 pm Falmouth, MA Eight Cousins Bookstore, 189 Main Street, Falmouth, MA
August 7, 4 pm, Provincetown, MA Condominium Community, The Residences at Seashore Point
September 4th, 7-8:30 pm Newton, MA Newton Free Library, sponsored by Good Shepherd Community Care  “Creating a Legacy from Everyday Life” – featuring a reading from Lasting Words: A Guide to Finding Meaning Toward the Close of Life
October 6-8,  Norwood, MA Hospice Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts Annual Conference Workshop: Creating a Legacy from Everyday Life
October 18, Quincy, MA Friends of Mel Conference for cancer Survivors Journaling Toward Wellness
October 19, Concord, MA First Parish Church, 20 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA
November 7,  Lexington, MA Brookehaven at Lexington
November 8, Norwood, MA Volunteer Appreciation Day Keynote
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts