SFA’s Continuum project shares cultural knowledge about traditions, expressions, and practices associated with end of life, grief, mourning and death in Southern Arizona’s folk, ethnic, occupational, faith-based and alternative communities.
To advance its Continuum work 2017 through 2019, SFA has been awarded funding by the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and The David and Lura Lovell Foundation. SFA will facilitate community gatherings – to include locally hosted meals as well as documentation and education that honor tradition, promote awareness and ease transitions in end-of-life decisions. A press release about that award is here: SFA Continuum Media ReleaseFINAL.
Two 2017 Continuum projects are underway:
- October 26, Tohono Chul Park, a Continuum Conversation & Gathering of elders living alone in Tucson communities;
- November 3, Westin La Paloma, Casa de La Luz Foundation Community Conference workshop focused on youth and creative resilience in end of life.
In 2014 the project engaged citizen folklorists in ethnographic fieldwork to map and document local traditions associated with death and dying. Results were published in a journal that included interviews, photos, and citizen reports of place-based death-related traditions, as well as a listing of national and community resources. These findings seek to support the continuing conversation about the end of life among community members, health practitioners, scholars and the public at large.
In 2015 & 2016, the project continued to develop materials documenting rituals, stories, and ethnic traditions; organize public events; and produce media that share the practices of southern Arizona’s diverse ethnic, folk and alternative communities.
Download Continuum Booklets (4), May 2016
Download Continuum Journal, May 2015
Download Continuum Resources Listing and Workbook, May 2015