Friday, September 12, 2014

Posting an Article by Kimberly Saavedra of the Kamlak Center


We all have things we'd rather not talk about or focus on in life and death is probably high on that list for most of us.  Our long-time member Rev. Maria Hoaglund has spent many years supporting people through "The Last Adventure of Life."  Maria was born in Tokyo, Japan and attended Japanese schools.  After high school, she moved to the United States for college.  She graduated from Yale College and later received her Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary.  She worked in the ministry for many years and later, in 1995, she began working as a bereavement coordinator for a hospice program in the Puget Sound area of Washington.  
What's fascinating to me is that Maria has integrated her bicultural experiences and skills into her spiritual and bereavement work.  I very much enjoyed her books, The Last Adventure of Life and The Most Important Day of Your Life.  In fact, I've sold her books at some of our live events.  When we get stuck in life, we tend to want to DO something.  Maria's books contain many, and I really do mean many, tangible tips for bringing more comfort and peace to the dying and also to caregivers and people in grief.
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I encourage you to attend Rev. Maria Hoaglund's workshop in Claremont, California later this month: MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE LAST ADVENTURE OF LIFE, on Thursday, June 26, 2014, from 11 AM - 2 PM, at The Village Grill, 148 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711.  Cost: $22 - Maria's second book will be included, plus you'll need to purchase lunch at The Village Grill.
To Register for this workshop: Call
Her website is

About Kimberly Saavedra

Kimberly Saavedra is the Owner and Director of The Kamlak Center, a publishing company and teaching center that focuses on survival of consciousness, transformation of grief, and deeper orders of reality. She was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor of arts in Philosophy in 1997.  
In pursuit of her degree, she encountered Dr. Betty J. Kovacs whose work and passion struck a deep chord. That "meeting" inspired Kimberly to create The Kamlak Center in 2002 as a platform to share the vision, research and personal experiences of Dr. Kovacs with a wider audience. Dr. Kovacs received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in Comparative Literature and Theory of Symbolic/Mythic Language. Dr. Kovacs is the author of The Miracle of Death. The most gratifying aspect of Kimberly's work through The Kamlak Center is hearing from people who share their life stories.
Kimberly enjoys yoga, hiking, walking in the Southern California sunshine and spending time with her friends and family, including two very young grandchildren, Andre and Camila. In 2013 Kimberly was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is open to the life lessons and beautiful connections that her healing journey inspires.