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Life Matters


Each month, Jim & Lisa’s Circle Home opens its doors for a presentation and discussion group to give folks a warm and supportive space for sharing ideas and exploring topics related to dying and death. Life Matters is held in our home at 100 Wurts Street in Kingston’s Rondout District on the second Tuesday of every month, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The room comfortably holds up to 18 people, so please register early if you are interested in attending. There is no fee for these discussions. To register, please click on the form listed below for each meeting.


January 23, 2024
(rescheduled from
January 9, 2014)
3:00-4:30 pm Part of our series of “Perspectives on Death and Dying,” we are honored to have Pastor Tim Bupp from the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Wurts Street as our speaker. He will speak about the Lutheran perspective on death and dying.
February 13, 2024
(snow date
February 20, 2024
3:00-4:30 pm open discussion
March 12, 2024 3:00-4:30 pm Part of our series on “Perspectives on Living Well,” we present Mindful Aging: Living Life Fully as an Older Woman. Our speaker, Stephanie Speer, has taught mindfulness practices to individuals and groups for over 30 years. She received her Masters in Humanistic Education from Goddard College and completed her MBSR professional training from Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. For more details, please click here. To register click here.
April 9, 2024 3:00-4:30pm We welcome Judith Bromley, MS, RN from the Ulster County Office for the Aging to speak about Living Life to the Fullest. To register, click here.
May 14, 2024 3:00-4:30pm Part of our series of “Perspectives on Death and Dying,” we are happy to welcome Nigel Lester, MD to discuss understanding the delirium and confusion that can occur at end of life.
Nigel trained in psychiatry at University College London and St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and was formerly on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. Nigel is part of the team that created Origin Wellness, a unique wellness facility in Kingston NY. For more details, please click here. To register click here.
June 11, 2024 3:00-4:30pm As part of our series of “Perspectives on Death and Dying,” we will be joined by Reverend Dr. Robert L Gram to discuss Meaningful Death: Illusion or Possibility? Bob holds degrees from New Brunswick, Princeton, and San Francisco Seminaries. He also obtained a graduate degree in social work from Columbia University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Bob has authored one book, and more than 75 articles. For more details please click here. To register click here.