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reConvenings event continues the conversation about living and dying well

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

The Convenings

Cathy Wurzer is back in town for a reConvening following this past spring’s engaging event, The Convenings, in Central Minnesota to inspire and motivate individuals and families to continue the conversations about living and dying well. Join Cathy and special guests for an evening of music, storytelling and discussion from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Paramount Arts Center, St. Cloud.

You will be invited into the home of Agnes Rogers, where her four adult-children and son-in-law gather following a visit to Agnes in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital in the play, “An Almost Murder Mystery,” written and produced by Light the Legacy executive director, Lynn MacKenzie. Actors from Great Theatre will bring the play to life, joined by Merryn Jolkovsky, MD, a palliative care doctor at St. Cloud Hospital, who makes her acting debut as the “doctor.”

You won’t want to miss author, illustrator and musician, Doug Wood, a national bestseller who communicates through words and music inspired by nature.

The reConvenings is the follow-up conversation to The Convenings based on a series of remarkable broadcast conversations between Bruce Kramer and Minnesota Public Radio’s Cathy Wurzer, which inspired their book, “We Know How This Ends: Living while Dying.” Bruce Kramer was diagnosed with a life-ending diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS in 2010. Instead of viewing it as a “death sentence” he embraced it as a “life sentence.”

Bruce recognized to have a meaningful life, then embracing death was his only viable option. Bruce died in 2015.

To register or for more information, call 612-362-3724, email or visit Seating is limited. The event is sponsored in part by CentraCare Health.

The event is free. But reservations are recommended. Reserve your seats now.