Kelvin H. Chin, executive director of the Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation, will discuss the concept of death and dying at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The event is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.

Death is inevitable. But what is it? Is it the end, the beginning or a transition? Chin says that how we understand and view death directly affects how we respond to the death of a loved one and how we think about our own deaths.

“Helping people overcome their fear of death involves increasing that understanding and can, in some cases, also involve opening one’s awareness and receptivity to one’s past memories that may go back many years, even lifetimes.”

Chin has been lecturing, conducting trainings and leading workshops for more than 40 years. He is a “life after life” expert and meditation teacher. He focuses on helping people improve the quality of their lives now by overcoming their fear of death, and by developing a more balanced, productive and enjoyable life — mentally, physically and emotionally — by turning within through meditation.

Chin has worked with audiences on death and dying issues since the 1980s and has taught meditation to more than 1,000 people since the 1970s, including in schools, businesses, the U.S. Army and at West Point.

LANDING A NEW JOB: Jessica Rareshide, an entrepreneur who consults with businesses and individuals in areas of human capital management consulting, speaking and profitability marketing, will conduct a three-part seminar at the West Bank Regional Library in Harvey.

The sessions are:

“Corporation of One: Your Brand for Career Success,” 7 p.m. July 15.

“Résumé Writing Tips and Secrets,” 7 p.m. July 22.

“Successful Interview Strategies,” 7 p.m. July 29.

Rareshide is a certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional. She counsels business owners on hiring issues related to job fit. Her experience encompasses four areas of business: marketing, sales, management and information technology.

RETIREMENT STRATEGIES: The library presents “Financial Strategies for Successful Retirement” at 7 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays beginning July 16 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The course will address planning for a comfortable retirement; retiring early; managing tax liability; reducing exposure to financial risk; using stocks, mutual funds, bonds and other investment vehicles; and providing for heirs.

This course will be relevant for those who are nearing retirement, already retired or beginning to develop retirement plans. The course material will help participants assess their situations and develop personalized plans to pursue retirement goals.

The instructor is Brian Low, a registered representative with Broker Dealer Financial Services.

ROMANCE WRITERS: Greg Alexander, author of “The Holy Mark,” will speak to the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America at 11 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. “The Holy Mark” is the story of a reluctant priest caught between the cynicism of his own Southern upbringing and the political machinations of the Roman Catholic Church.

GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: The group discusses “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This American classic focuses on a young girl’s coming of age at the turn of the century in the slums of Williamsburg, New York.