After having spent the Labor Day weekend in Nederland and seeing the first of the “aspenglow,” all signals point toward autumn. Children are back in school and our attention turns toward upcoming holiday gatherings. This is an ideal time to begin preparation for those all-important family conversations about our end-of-life wishes.
Perhaps you have attended an offering from The Conversation Project. Perhaps you have even completed the Conversation Starter Kit. But have you taken the most important step of having a meaningful conversation with those who would be called upon to make decisions, if you are not able to speak for yourself?
Get ready: Thoughtful Endings Series
If you are in need of a refresher or a nudge to do this, consider attending all or part of the upcoming Thoughtful EndingsSeries hosted by the Gunbarrel Faith Partnership. Everyone is welcome! The offerings are free and open to the public, beginning on September 16 and ending on November 11. Click here for more details.
Thoughtful Endings hosts: Sarah Jane Delaney and Father Bruce Swinehart from St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, Rev Laura Hehner, Niwot United Methodist Church, Constance Holden from The Conversation Project in BC, Rev Eric Garner (rear) from Valmont Community Presbyterian Church, Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross from Pedres Laovot, Elder Mike Dudley (rear) from Vinelife Church, Rev Janet Kettering from Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, and Liz Smith, Niwot United Methodist Church.
The Unitarian Universalist Association Magazine (UU World) featured an article in which Rosemary Lloyd, Advisor to Faith Communities, at the national office of The Conversation Project and Constance Holden, Director of the Boulder County Project, commented on the important role that faith communities play in helping people confront mortality and make plans for a death that is in keeping with their values. That article is available here.
We are excited about this interfaith approach and hope that other “clustered congregations” in Boulder County will want to offer similar series. Contact us if you would like support in creating a series or desire education for just your congregation.
Additionally, our trained coaches are available at no charge. They are willing to meet with individuals, couples or families in the comfort of your home or at a location of your choosing. They are willing to help you with values identification, preparation of Medical Durable Power of Attorney (healthcare decision-maker) documents and preparation for a conversation.