Deciding to Die: Inventing Ritual & Remembrance – A Couple’s Journey with Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

Susie Cunningham & Julie Nelligan, PhD, presenting “Deciding to Die: Inventing Ritual & Remembrance – A Couple’s Journey with Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law.”

Fred Nelligan

Fred Nelligan

After a diagnosis of ALS in November of 2013, Fred Nelligan set in motion a plan to gather a group of trusted friends, including his wife Julie, to help answer his questions surrounding “when to die” using Oregon’s Death With Dignity law. With no ritual or blueprint to follow, Fred invented his own by creating “The Inner Circle” to help guide his way. After his death, Fred’s Inner Circle gathered again with Life-Cycle Celebrant Susie Cunningham to plan his Celebration of Life ceremony. Fred’s widow Julie and Susie will share their insights about this collaborative approach to end of life.

Susie Cunningham, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant since 2011, and Julie Nelligan, the wife of Fred Nelligan and a psychologist in private practice, will co-present this session. Susie will describe what motivated Fred to invent his own rituals with his Inner Circle of trusted friends. Julie will share the process, outcome, and lessons learned from each component.

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One Response to Deciding to Die: Inventing Ritual & Remembrance – A Couple’s Journey with Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law

  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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