We Are All Going to Die – A Dialog on Death & Dying

Event details

  • January 14, 2021
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A 4-part program (January 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7 pm) on Zoom with Rev. Julie-Ann. Together, we will explore questions raised about making end of life arrangements ahead of time… having conversations with our loved ones to share our wishes… how to be prepared for what is a natural part of the journey of all living creatures.  We will also address how to give our loved ones the gift of unencumbered grief… leaving clear directions and expressing our ethical wishes as well as our priorities.

From Rev. Julie-Ann: “This month I am excited to be offering with assistance from Rev. Jason and others a four-session class on one of my absolutely favorite subjects, and it is one that most others shy away from: the topic is planning for our own deaths and talking about it. As a minister, a hospice chaplain and now a hospital chaplain, I have developed a comfort that many people do not have with talking about the end of life. I like to think of death much like birth.  We spend time in our lives thinking about children: do we want them or not? do we use birth control or just abstain, or take our chances? is having a child a solo act or part of a relationship?  will we use a doctor, a midwife or a doula?   Death deserves every bit as much attention and yet we steer clear of it.”

“Death is for some something taboo.  For me, death has become a natural part of being a living creature in our world. I am one who strives to do things well and with intention, why wouldn’t I do the same for my death as I do for my living. I was 18 when one of my closest friends died. I have lost many other friends and loved ones including my best friend at 43 and my brother at 53. I have no illusions that any of us will not someday cease to exist in the way we call living. I do know though that losing a loved one is hard enough on its own without making it any harder.”

“I have come to see planning for our deaths as one of the greatest gifts we can leave our loved ones. You see, saying our goodbyes to loved ones, even when we know they are coming is hard. If we make decisions ahead of time our loved ones get to grieve unencumbered by difficult decisions. Let us meet and work together to make death a more comfortable subject.”

January 7th – Introduction, Important Questions

January 14th – Medical realities, Paperwork

January 21st – Saying goodbye, services at end of life

January 28th – Money and legacy

 


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