November 17, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
part of a series on Death
About the speaker
Since she was a kid, Cassie has felt a natural connection to death and a deep desire to serve others. Feeling drawn to providing comfort and companionship to the dying, she started volunteering with hospice in 2010. From there, her interest in death work grew into a profession and she is currently the Director of Operations at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, a conservation and green cemetery located in the Asheville area, where in addition to helping manage the business, she digs graves, gives tours, and assists with burials. She also provides assistance with the Center for End of Life Transitions, which offers death and dying workshops and home funeral assistance.
Cassie recently started her passion project, Death Activism, which aims to help people become more comfortable with and prepare for death, using education, art, and conversation as a way to help people engage more with death. When asked why she has chosen to follow this path: The idea of people dying alone really touched my heart, which is what originally inspired me to volunteer with hospice. I feel called to death work out of a deep love for others and the desire to provide comfort through such a difficult time. Although death can be difficult, it also captures the beauty of life and how precious it truly is.
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.
Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. We are innovators, believers and dreamers. We’re also doers. We intend to bring pride to the label “Made in America.” America has always celebrated the individual. But at the same time, we know we’re stronger together. Our country is a lot like a patchwork quilt. Each square is important on its own, but each one also enhances the beauty of the entire creation.
East Fork Collection is simple and fundamental. Unadorned, the work is distilled to its essential elements: form and function. It is durable and timeless, resistant to fashion and trends. The pots do not designate a specific maker but are stamped, simply, EAST FORK. They are made by all the members of our workshop.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.
The Center administers three national award programs: the Craft Research Fund Program for independent and graduate scholars, the Windgate Fellowship Award Program for emerging craft artists graduating from universities, and the Windgate Museum Internship Program for craft-focused curatorial internships within museums. Additionally, the Center convenes national meetings, curates exhibitions, programs lectures and workshops, and sponsors international residencies.
Feel free to take a load off and let the outside world melt away as the entire process of making yeasted doughnuts by hand rolls out before your eyes in our open kitchen. Most importantly, let us share with you our favorite pastry at what we believe to be its finest moment: seconds out of the fryer, glazed and delivered right to you.
Colorful Palate: Not everyone loves to cook. Or entertain. Or plan events. But we do. And we do it all for the love of food!
We think our food is pretty amazing. We make it with local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. And by hand, with love, everyday.
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Buchi is a community centered, women founded and 15% worker-owned business continuing the ancient folk tradition of brewing kombucha, a living, probiotic rich, all-natural beverage.
Well Played is North Carolina’s first board game café, and we have one goal – to make sure you have fun.
Well Played is a special gathering space for friends and family to come together to connect through play and friendly competition. We have hundreds of board games, a delicious menu of drinks and snacks, and expert Gamemasters on hand to guide you through a one-of-a-kind experience.
Come visit us at 58 Wall St. and see what all the fun is about!
We live in culture that is not only afraid of death - death in our culture has become a phobia and a taboo. How do we prepare for life’s big event if we can’t talk about it or even think about it? The key is getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. Cassie will share the importance of this practice, not only to help get us more comfortable with and prepare for own death, but to help us live the life we really desire.