The re-Convenings event invites conversation about living and dying well

St. Cloud, Minn. – 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, 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. info@theconvenings.org or visit theconvenings.org/events. Seating is limited. The event is sponsored in part by CentraCare Health.

The Convenings, a free event from 6:30-8 p.m. November 9th at
Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud.

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“An Almost Murder Mystery”

A Play by Lynn MacKenzie

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. Agnes was in a sudden and tragic car accident that left her with a severe traumatic brain injury. She cannot speak for herself. It is questionable if she will even survive and in what condition.

The performance is designed to demonstrate family dynamics in the event loved ones are critically injured or ill and are unable to make end-of-life decisions. Each family member is different and holds their own unique values on life and death.   Families can be torn apart during such trying times or they can pull together as a family.

You may be able to identify with one or more of the family personalities in your own family. It will cause you to explore emotions that bubble up within you while watching the performance, realize new insights, truths, ah-ha moments and new take-aways. More importantly, what will you do about them?

In an emotional performance, theatre becomes real life. Planning and conversations are the key. “An Almost Murder Mystery” is a creative way to reach our community members.

Now, sit back and enjoy the show!