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Near the Exit

Friday, April 28
10:30 am - 3:30 pm




Join us for a day of reflection on mortality and death through the sharing of spiritual travel stories. In this program, travel author Lori Erickson will reflect on what she learned through her journey and will lead us in a discussion on how confronting  our mortality is one of the most life-affirming things we can do. After her brother died unexpectedly and her mother moved into a dementia-care facility, Erickson felt called to a new quest: facing death head-on, with the eye of a tourist and the heart of a pastor.

Blending memoir, spirituality and travel, her book Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim
Reaper examines how cultures have confronted death in places around the world, from Egypt’s Valley
of the Kings and Mayan temples to a Colorado cremation pyre and Day of the Dead celebrations.

Presenter: Lori Erickson
From a childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erickson grew up to become one of America’s top travel
writers specializing in spiritual journeys. She’s the author of The Soul of the Family Tree, Near the Exit, and
Holy Rover. In addition, her articles and essays have appeared in publications that include the Los Angeles
Times, National Geographic Traveler, Better Homes & Gardens, and USA Today. In her hometown of Iowa
City, Iowa, she serves as a deacon at New Song Episcopal Church.

Registration Fee: $50 (lunch is included)
Registration Deadline: April 13, 2023
To register, contact IHM Spirituality Ministries at
or 734-240-5494. You can also register online at:
Please indicate your dietary needs at the time of registration.