When George Merrill, a longtime friend of Lifelong Learning, received a diagnosis of AML (acute myeloid leukemia) in April of 2021, he was given a timeline of 3 – 6 months or maybe a year. He had been a weekly columnist for The Talbot Spy for several years, and made the decision to continue writing for as long as he was able. He wrote essays during his final year about living into dying.

Following his death in April of 2022, his wife, Jo, illustrated the essays and published a book of the essays and illustrations, “Living into Darkness and Finding Light, Spiritual Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter.”

In this heartfelt program of personal renewal, Jo tells about George’s writing process, how the book came to be, and how she used artwork to work through her grief over the past year.

What to Expect:  Learn how continuing to write his essays for The Talbot Spy helped George reflect on living into dying, and how Jo’s decision to illustrate the essays helped her work through her grief in this poignant reflection of the capriciousness of life.  While this course is HYBRID and allows for participation through Zoom, it is highly recommended to attend IN PERSON.

Copies of the book will be available at the class for $15 and can also be purchased by clicking on the link:  Click Here to Purchase Book Online

HYBRID course at the Easton Family YMCA 1 session | Thursday | February 1 | 1 – 2:30 pm | $20

Jo Merrill

Jo Merrill

Jo Merrill turned to art after retiring from her professional careers in teaching and social work. An award-winning watercolor and pastel artist, she also enjoys acrylic painting, drawing, and sketching. In an ongoing effort to continue to be transparent in the grief journey, she is currently creating an artwork series in an Expressive Journal. In this series, she shares her experiences, thoughts, and feelings along the grief path. To see more of her work, visit her blog at jomerrillart.blogspot.com. Jo's husband, George R. Merrill, was an Episcopal priest and pastoral counselor. After retiring from his professional life, he moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore and began his writing career. An award-winning essayist, familiar to many for his essays in The Talbot Spy, he felt that the essays he wrote in the final year of his life reflected his true calling.

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