Workshop 7: Preparation for Death

Workshop 7: Preparation for Death
Workshop 7: Preparation for Death

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  • The dying must often feel this way—steaming along just fine, while on ahead someone has torn up the rails. — Annie Dillard This workshop...
  • Activity Time Opening 5 minutes Activity 1: Medical Choices at End of Life 30 minutes Activity 2: What Matters in the End 20 minutes...
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Our Covenant from Workshop 1 Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 8 Five Wishes...
  • Invite a medical professional with experience in end-of-life medicine, palliative care, and hospice care to explain some common end-of-life...
  • Light the chalice and share these words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 20 (NRSV): For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter...
  • Welcome the medical professional you have invited, and ask them to explain end-of-life medical interventions, palliative care, hospice care...
  • Show the segment from "Being Mortal" (17:13-23:36). Ask participants to reflect on any experiences with end-of-life decisions for a loved...
  • Distribute copies of Five Wishes booklets or your state’s advance directives or both. Invite participants to look at the booklet or...
  • Invite participants to form groups of three and, as they are comfortable doing so, to share the obituaries and epitaphs they have written...
  • Share with participants details about your field trip to a funeral home, a cemetery, or a crematorium. Distribute Handout 1, Looking Ahead...
  • Share these closing words from Lee Ann Wester: When the time comes, we prepare, as if for a party with close friends for care, or a class,...
  • Make a time for individual reflection and discussion with your co-leader after the conclusion of the workshop. Consider these questions:...
  • The dying must often feel this way—steaming along just fine, while on ahead someone has torn up the rails. — Annie Dillard For Next Time To...

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