Death and Dying
DEATH & DYING SERIES: A series designed to answer your questions, stimulate conversation, and prepare you for the inevitable outcome of living.
* how to create a memorial service for a loved one
* how to talk about death with children
* meditating for accepting death and loss
* writing condolence letters
February 12- Creative Connection with Cherie Henderson
Pause for an hour of reflective reading, writing and discussion about a text, image, or music exploring aspects of loss and the end of life. We’ll examine the work closely and discuss what we find, followed by the opportunity to write and share. The goal is a moment of solace and space, along with an opportunity for reflection and connection with others.
February 19- Exploring Five Wishes and Advanced Care Planning with Julie Bond
Join Julie Bond, All Souls Intern Minister to learn about Five Wishes, an advanced directive document that helps us have meaningful, compassionate conversations about what matters most at the end of life when it comes to advanced care planning. The Five Wishes helps people discuss and document their wishes in a non-threatening and life affirming way, inclusive of personal, emotional and spiritual issues, in addition to meeting medical and legal criteria. You may purchase a copy (specify paper of digital) of the 5 Wishes document for $5 before the session at: https://fivewishes.org/shop/order/product/five-wishes-advance-directive (but it’s not required to attend the session).
February 26- Compassion and Choices with Rachel Strauber
Compassion and Choices provides a wide variety of information and education pertaining to end of life issues in order to improve care and expand options at the end of life. These efforts include helping individuals understand all the risks and rewards of the various options for feasible treatment and care and how to ensure that their wishes will be respected. Among other services, C&C offers public education and can assist in preparing advance directives.
Compassion and Choices also advocates for legislation to empower terminally ill, mentally capable adults to request medication from their doctor to bring about a peaceful death. Rachel plans to discuss the effort begun in 2015 to make Medical Aid in Dying legal in New York State, to outline the provisions in the current bill that was recently introduced once again into the NY State Assembly and to review briefly the experience in Oregon, where Medical Aid in Dying has been in effect for more than 25 years.
Rachel Strauber is a volunteer with Compassion and Choices. She also volunteers with the Central Park Conservancy and Temple Emanu-El in NYC. Rachel had worked on staff at Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood of New York City.