By Robyn Geller
Death – it’s not something most people like to think about, let alone talk about. Newsweek.com took a survey about the subject and less than 30 percent of Americans reported having had such discussions, though almost everyone thought it was important.
But the fact remains – people don’t like talking about end of life issues. The subject of death and dying makes many people uncomfortable. Recognizing this, the members of the Levinson family who operate Sol Levinson & Bros, Inc. decided to help open the conversation to the Baltimore community by creating the Irvin B. Levinson Memorial Lecture Series on Death, Dying and Bereavement. Now in its 17th year, the series was established in memory of Irvin Barry Levinson, who was a partner in the funeral home that bears his family name. Irv believed that a funeral home should be more than just a place from which to be buried. So when he died at age 49, those close to Irv thought a lecture series would be a fitting tribute.
Donna Kane, who heads up Bereavement Services for JCS, acknowledges the benefit of these yearly lectures. “It’s always better when end of life issues are discussed before it becomes a crisis situation. Talking about it ahead of time takes the burden off the family and allows them to grieve in a less encumbered way.”
Donna believes that bringing a difficult subject to the community as an annual lecture encourages people to work through their grief with less distraction, without the baggage of family conflict and without second guessing what your loved one would have wanted. It can also help families avoid the stress of making last minute decisions. “Death doesn’t just impact a family, she explains. “It impacts an entire community.”
The entire community is invited to attend this free event on Wednesday, May 20 featuring Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb speaking about “Trauma and Loss as Opportunities for Psychological Growth” and William C. (Bill) Dietrich addressing “Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living.” The program, held at Sol Levinson & Bros. Funeral Home, 8900 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, begins at 6:00pm with seating on a first come, first served basis. For more information, view the event flyer here or call 410-466-9200.
By Robyn Geller, JCS Public Relations Coordinator
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