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Losing a Loved One- July 2022

From left: Panelists John Muhlenberg, Phyllis Rubin, Ralph Lee, Janis Johnston and moderator Catherine Gallogly.

This program was inspired by AWN members who recognized the value of sharing what they learned through their partner's illness and death. Each of the three panelists  reported different experiences. Some loved ones died at home, others in the hospital. Some called on family and friends for support; others struggled alone. Yet there were also similarities. The audience heard about regrets. Particularly poignant was the story of how the inability of a couple to face the severity of the husband’s condition robbed them both of the opportunity for a loving goodbye. 

Arbor West Neighbors

Arbor West Neighbors (AWN) is a grassroots organization of neighbors in Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park and Austin connected to support and enrich aging through community building and advocacy. Our mission is to empower adults to thrive as we age in community. 


Our vision is to build a multi-ethnic, multicultural community where all older adults are valued, age with dignity, and enjoy opportunities for growth and engagement. 

We are an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with over 120 members. 

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