An author on a nationwide tour will speak about death and dying, in events in Keene and Peterborough next week.

Kimberly Paul, who wrote “Bridging the Gap: Life Lessons Learned from Dying,” will discuss death as a human experience as opposed to a medical event. Paul was vice president of communications and outreach for a hospice provider in North Carolina for 17 years. She has a podcast, “Death by Design,” in which she talks to artists, medical professionals, caregivers and others about the topic.

The free local events, co-sponsored by Monadnock Community Hospital and Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services, are both slated for Tuesday, a joint news release from the two organizations said. The Keene talk will be hosted at the HCS office at 312 Marlboro St. from 5 to 6 p.m. The Peterborough session is slated from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Monadnock Community Hospital’s conference Room 1 at 452 Old Street Road.

HCS spokeswoman Susan Ashworth said lunch and dinner will be available at the events, with a suggested donation of $5 per person. Copies of Paul’s book will be on hand for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit HCS.

To reserve a spot, call 352-2253, extension 4294.

​Liora Engel-Smith can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or lsmith@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter at @LEngelSmithKS.