We mortals tend to avoid these conversations until we are forced by circumstances of life to make decisions for ourselves and others in a crisis. This workshop is designed to help families begin this conversation in a relaxed setting with experienced support. Doing this work, when there is time to consider our values and preferences and to share them with each other, is a gift to our loved ones. It helps to ease some of the anxiety and prevent confusion and conflict that can arise in families when they are most vulnerable. I provide practical information and guidance for taking the steps necessary to formulate and formalize ones wishes for the inevitable and mysterious end-of-life.
Starting the Conversation: a 2-hour workshop will include:
- Overview of basic advance care planning for all adults of any age (health care proxy and living wills) including information about disposition and memorial arts.
- Facilitated conversation about hopes and fears of each family member. I will lead you through some exercises designed to help clarify concerns and encourage completion.
- Provision of basic legal forms for each adult that adhere to state law where each family member resides.
- Written follow-up which includes:
- Summary of session.
- a to-do list for completion of paperwork and regular review
- resource list specific to concerns of the group (for example:long-term care, dementia, legacy)