• October 29, 2019
  • 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
  • CIIS Lobby, 1453 Mission Street, 94103 San Francisco
Add to Calendar 10/29/2019 2:30 pm 10/29/2019 3:30 pm America/Los_Angeles Mourning dress: Making grief visible Mourning dress: Making grief visible CIIS Lobby, 1453 Mission Street, 94103 San Francisco ReImagine End of Life false MM/DD/YYYY

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Mourning is the display of conventional, culturally recognized signs of grief. This illustrated lecture discusses visible symbols of mourning, and customs for displaying the status of the bereaved.

 Grief may be a universal emotion but its social expression in mourning is culturally specific. Individual grief experienced at the death of another human being is expressed collectively in culturally prescribed ways of mourning. This illustrated slide lecture will explore the development of mourning dress and etiquette from the middle ages to the present. The history of sumptuary laws, elaborate rules for stages of mourning, and the special clothing to be worn by the bereaved, and especially by widows, will be discussed.

We will explore the differences and similarities in mourning practices between different social strata, and their reflection of social ambitions and aspirations. The use and prescription of particular colors, styles and textiles for mourning clothing will be considered. The importance of outward signs of bereavement and their usefulness to the grieving individual will be discussed.

Mariavittoria Mangini, PhD, FNP, has been a family nurse midwife for 25 years. Her academic interest has been the historiography of psychedelics and she has written extensively on the impact of psychedelic experiences in shaping the lives of her contemporaries. She has worked closely with many of the most distinguished investigators in this field. She completed her doctorate in Community Health Nursing at UCSF, where her research centered on drug use and drug policy. Currently, she is the director of the MSN/FNP program at Holy Names University in Oakland. She has 31 years of experience in family practice and women's health, including 22 years with the primary care practice of Dr. Frank Lucido, one of the pioneers of the medical cannabis movement. Their practice was one of the first to implement the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 when it became law. Her current project is the development of a Thanatology Program for the study of death and dying.

This event is part of Reimagine End of Life, a community-wide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, it creates weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance.

Participants will learn about various ways to approach the end of life experience and be exposed to various modalities that promote creativity, compassion, inspiration and self-acceptance. 

For more information visit Reimagine End of Life.

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