2012-11-09 / Community

‘A Finished Heart’ will be performed Nov. 15

Cancer Community Center, Center for Grieving Children, Hospice of Southern Maine and University of New England will present a performance and discussion of “A Finished Heart,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at University of New England’s Ludcke Auditorium, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland. The free presentation is made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council, to honor National Hospice Palliative Care Month.

When his husband of 16 years became ill, author and composer Eliott Cherry cared for him at home. He also recorded their conversations in his diary. After Chris Chenard died in 2007, Eliott wrote poetry, prose and music to express his loss and combined these with his journal entries to create “A Finished Heart.”

Cherry will perform the dramatic story and poetry accompanied by a musical score, with Martin Perry at the piano. The audience is invited to attend a postperformance discussion with the author, facilitated by Jani Darak-Druck and Valerie Jones. Participants’ thoughts, feelings, questions and stories will be welcome.

Cherry hopes that “A Finished Heart” will stimulate participants to discover compassionate ways to be with dying individuals and their loved ones, and to broaden their perspective on dying, caregiving and grief by sharing the intimacy of two men who have committed their lives to each other. The piece expresses an experience of losing one’s spouse and the complexity of end-of-life experience.

For more information, visit www.afinishedheart.com.

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