Grave Matters, Earth-Friendly Burial. Sun., Mar. 26, 1-2:30 p.m., Sanctuary. (Note: Later start time today only.)
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Speaker: Mary Frances Kordick, Ph.D., RN.

Description: Birds do it. Bees do it. And unless someone discovers a method of prevention, we’ll all end up doing it, too – die, that is. Death is big business. Our conventional, Western-centric idea of a traditional burial usually means funeral directors. As an alternative to the standard American burial, natural burial is the interment of the body of a dead person in the soil in a manner that does not inhibit decomposition and allows the body to recycle naturally. One can continue to honor the life cycle and environmental concerns through pre-planning. With this presentation, we review a story of restoration and renewal through a simple return to the earth.

Speaker’s background: Mary Frances Kordick is a woman, nurse and educator in that order. She is retired from evaluating clinical research for initial and continued funding at the National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director and the National Institute of Nursing Research. Graduated from five universities, her credentials read longer than her name. After earning her Ph.D. in nursing and health policies from George Mason University, Dr. Kordick developed a course of research for nursing at North Park University and emergency physicians at Resurrection Medical Center, both in the Chicago area. In addition, she was an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and online professor with Phoenix University, simultaneously. She has been a member of UUCF since 2014. Through education and behavior, her focus continues on health-related issues, physical and spiritual, and being true to one’s self.