‘Facing expectations’ – Seniors gather at CSUF to discuss death

Every Friday, at 11:45 a.m. in the Ruby Gerontology Center, dozens of retired seniors gather at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s (OLLI) Death Café class to learn and talk about the intricacies of death and dying.

“(Death) is a part of being a human,” says Hank Smith, who helped launch the class. “For young people, it is tragic. But for older people, it is an expectation.”

Death Café brings in experts, from OLLI, CSUF and elsewhere, to offer guidance on preparing for death and its aftermath — such as writing a will.

Many members regularly attend the café, some for months if not years, becoming comfortable with a topic that frightens many: Death and its accompanying cloud that is afterlife. Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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