Conversations on Living and Dying Well

L&DW forest

Bonner General Health Community Hospice is sponsoring in partnership with North Idaho Palliative Care Coalition a week-long conversation about "Living and Dying Well" in Sandpoint from October 14th - 19th, 2019. The collective mission of the group is, "To create a community where dying is acceptable, normal and valued". Activities throughout the week will include art, music, poetry, movement, and film to engage community-wide conversations, experiences, and education to inspire dialogue about the journey of 'living and dying well' in our community.

Our Core Values:

  • To create a community where dying is acceptable, normal and valued
  • To engage, uplift and inspire our community members to be in “grassroots” conversation while valuing both living & dying
  • To assist our community members in preparing for end-of-life and/or unexpected illness through advanced care planning
  • To empower our community members to make decisions that will provide dignity, value, and peace at the end of life
  • To create a shared community knowledge by using art & meaningful conversation about ‘living life’ & ‘embracing death’


The week-long series of events will include:

Monday, October 14th - Saturday, October 19th, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm ~ Living & Dying Well HUB Located at 119 N. 1st Avenue in Sandpoint in a storefront generously offered by Owner, Sandi Haugse-Terry.  A casket-weaving circle & story-telling, Art-on-display, Advance Care Planning & Green Burial Support & Info, Children’s Story-telling, Music, Classes offered by POAC.

Through the week of October 14-19th, we will host ongoing education regarding ‘advanced directives’ at a local downtown location and provide assistance with completing advanced directives to community members.  We will also offer hands-on community art classes & events for individuals & families to allow a cultural expression of the living and dying well journey. Heidi Hampe will facilitate a hands-on experience with ‘weaving a casket’ while engaging us in a journey of ‘Re-Wilding Death’.  This will be an experiential journey of both conversation & creation – as individuals weave together stories & experiences in ‘living life’.

Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) will offer 3-4 experiential art classes during our Week of October 14-19th – TBA in our downtown location.

Sandpoint Mayor Shelby Rognstad made a proclamation honoring our “Conversations on Living & Dying Well’ week of October 14 – 19, 2019 at the Sandpoint City Council Meeting on 09/18/19.

For additional information contact: Lissa DeFreitas  208-265-1185.

Monday, October 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. ~ Death Cafe -  Located at our downtown HUB: 119 First Avenue in Sandpoint. People gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is to increase awareness of death with a view that helps people make the most of their finite lives.

Tuesday, October 15th, 5:00 - 7:00 pm ~ Poetry Reading & Music - Located at Beet & Basil at 105 S. 1st Avenue in Sandpoint. Open mic with music & conversation hosted by Sam Cornett.

Wednesday, October 16th, 8:00 am ~ "Conversations on Living & Dying Well" Special Podcast on KRFY Radio 88.5 FM with Suzy Prez and with local experts Dr. Nicole Pelly, Palliative Care Physician; Ginna Maus, L.C.S.W, and Lissa DeFreitas, Bonner General Health Community Hospice Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator, and Heidi Hampe.

Wednesday, October 16th - 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ~ Creations of Sandpoint sponsors "Children's Story Telling" at the Children's Corner located in the HUB at 119 N. 1st Avenue in Sandpoint.

Thursday, October 17th, 4:00 pm ~ Season of Life Stroll - A nature hike on the Pend Oreille Bay Trail facilitated by Peter Gilmore, Hospice Volunteer, and co-director of BGH Community Hospice Kids Grief Camp.

Friday, October 18th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm ~'Death Over Dinner'  Located at the Sandpoint Community Hall at 204 S. 1st Ave. Share a meal and the opportunity to connect over an uplifting and interactive conversation about Living & Dying Well facilitated by Ginna Maus, LCSW

Saturday, October 19th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm ~ Living & Dying Well: Weaving It All Together at the Panida Theater - A weaving of film, music, panel discussion, and community conversation. A panel of community members, including film-maker Katie Jennings and Dr. Nicole Pelly, Palliative Care Physician with Kootenai Health, will invite questions and community conversation on ‘living & dying well’.


A very special thank you for support and partnership to:

Sandi Haugse-Terry

Creations of Sandpoint


Sandpoint Music Conservatory



Tango Café


Winter Ridge

Super 1


BGH Cafeteria


The Gift of Conversation

"As we come together in conversation, we 'acknowledge each other's unique journey of living life'. We discover through the journey of great heights and depths that life and death are not separate. When we bring these together, we tend to increase the value of life itself, including our relationship with all things." ~ Lissa DeFreitas


Living & Dying Well Book Club, Conversations and Library Display

Three community book reads will occur, and a display will be available at the East Bonner County Library August 28-October 8, 2019. Click the link for more information.

For additional information about our upcoming week-long grass-roots conversation, please contact Lissa DeFreitas at Bonner General Health Community Hospice at 208-265-1185 or