Marie Eaton

Books Can Help Kids Deal with Trauma like Cascade Mall Shooting

“It’s really hard because they should be innocent. They shouldn’t have to worry about walking in a mall. They shouldn’t have to worry about walking down the street. I want my son to play like I did as a child,” said mother Gale Torres.

But today, kids live in a new reality.

“You don’t need to share graphic details but you do need to help them understand what it means to have someone die,” said Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute Director Marie Eaton.

Leaders from Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute encourage dialogue about tough topics.  In this case, with the help of age-appropriate books like “Sonya’s Chickens” for pre-schoolers.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:32am

What are your choices for medical care you want, and don’t want, at the end of life?

Practical, medical and legal issues around death and dying will be the focus of a daylong workshop for the public.

“Death Happens: Let’s Talk About Your Choices” runs 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 2224 Yew Street Road, Bellingham.

The event is meant for “any adult in this county,” said Marie Eaton, director of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University, which is sponsoring the event.

“I really believe that we need to have these conversations while we are healthy and young,” she said of those who should attend. “I hope it’s more than people who know death is close.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:11am

Palliative Care Institute to host end-of-life planning workshop Oct. 28

The Palliative Care Institute is sponsoring a community conversation titled "Death Happens: Let's Talk About Your Choices" Oct. 28 to help you and your loved ones make the choices that align with your wishes and values when you are faced with serious illness or end-of-life. 

This afternoon workshop will include presentations by medical professionals on a number of possible end-of-life choices, discussions about how a dementia diagnosis impacts these choices, the legal issues involved and stories from family members whose loved ones have made these choices.

Registration is now open.  More information about the workshop can be found here, or contact Palliative Care Institute Director Marie Eaton at

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 9:53am

WWU Launches New Palliative Care Institute; Conference Set for May 13-14

Submitted by thomps94 on Mon, 04/11/2016 - 10:10am

Western Washington University’s new Palliative Care Institute, a partnership of Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA), Community Organized Group for Health (COGH), Whatcom Family & Community Network, PeaceHealth Palliative Care, and PeaceHealth Hospice, is a focused effort to transform local palliative care and support the human responses to living and dying.

Event working to get Whatcom residents to make end-of-life plans

Get your driver’s license, make clear what kind of medical care you want or don’t want.

That’s what Marie Eaton, director of the Palliative Care Institute at Western Washington University, would like to see Whatcom County residents do — even at a young age.

“If I had my way, you would write your first advance directive when you apply for your driver’s license,” Eaton said of such written plans, which lay out what kind of end-of-life medical care people want, or don’t want. “Every adult should have an advance care directive.”

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:24am

Ferndale panel examines death and dying in children’s lit

Two experts in children’s literature join an educator who specializes in death and dying for what organizers hope will be an informative, if not uplifting, discussion.

“Not If But When: Books For Young People About Death and Loss” is free at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St.

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 9:26am

Western’s Palliative Care Institute and the Whatcom County Library System to Host 'Not if But When: Books for Young People About Death and Loss' Feb. 2

Submitted by thomps94 on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 9:15am

Western Washington University’s Palliative Care Institute is teaming with the Whatcom County Library system to share information about books for young people about death and loss at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Ferndale Public Library.

The event, “Not if But When: Books for Young People about Death and Loss” is free and open to the public.

Convocation kicks off 2015-16 school year

After the Viking Commons and the Viking Union Multipurpose Room filled with faculty and staff for the annual convocation breakfast, Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard kicked off the 2015-16 school year with his convocation remarks.

The full text of his speech, along with a video, is available on the president's website.

Board of Trustees Chair Karen Lee provided a brief outline of the presidential search process, noting that, “we are not only searching for candidates who are eminently qualified to lead, but who understand Western’s distinctive excellence, its strengths and challenges, and its aspirations for the years ahead.  For that, the Trustees need to listen to all who are Western, both on and off campus.”

The full text of Trustee Lee’s remarks is at the Presidential Search website.

The following award winners also were celebrated at the event:

  • Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award: Heather Davidson, instructor, Communication Studies
  • Diversity Achievement Award: Marie Eaton, professor, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Outstanding Classified Staff Award: Margaret Gegenhuber, program coordinator, Elementary Education Department
  • Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award: Don Alper, retired, director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies and Border Policy Research Institute
  • Philip E. Sharpe, Jr. Community Engagement Award: Vernon Damani Johnson, professor, Department of Political Science
  • Professional Staff Award for Excellence: Casey Hayden, coordinator of student activities, Viking Union
  • Team Recognition Award: Institute for Energy Studies team
    • Andy Bunn
    • Brian Burton
    • Mark Bussell
    • Gail Cowan
    • Marilyn Desmul
    • Dan Hagen
    • Steve Hollenhorst
    • Kathy Kitto
    • Todd Morton
    • David Patrick
    • Kathryn Patrick
    • Jennifer Seltz
    • Pete Stelling
    • Joel Swisher
    • Phil Thompson
    • Manca Valum
    • Thomas Webler
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:15am

Marie Eaton retires after nearly 40 years at Western

Marie Eaton retired at the end of spring quarter.

She served in various roles at Western Washington University since she arrived nearly 40 years ago:

Panel discussion to focus on marriage equality and the Supreme Court

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in four cases challenging state laws prohibiting issuance of marriage licenses to same sex couples and refusing to recognize marriages of same sex couples that were entered into in other states. Panelists at an upcoming "Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court:  Cultural Significance and Queer Critique" discussion will reflect on the social and legal significance of this moment, and explore limitations of and problems with single-issue advocacy centered on securing marriage rights.

The panel discussion, set for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, in Communications Facility Room 110, will be held before the court's decision is released.

Panelists:  Tim Costello, Center for Service Learning; Marie Eaton, Fairhaven College; Josie Ellison, student; Laura Langley, Equal Opportunity Office; Kate Miller, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Debra Salazar, Political Science.

The event is being organized by the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:49am
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