Talking about death: IUCC is here to help

Although death is a topic we avoid, at any moment the end of life could be imminent – for ourselves or for someone we love.

Talking about the end of our lives can draw loved ones together, avoid painful uncertainty in a crisis, and restore some measure of control over the inevitable.

Consider these facts from The Conversation Project:

    • 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27% have done so.
    •  60% of people say that ensuring their family members are not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important, but 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.
    •  Only 7% of people have had a conversation with their doctors about what medical treatment they want toward the end of their lives.
    • 82% agree that putting their wishes in writing is important, but only 23% have done it.

Starting that conversation can make all the difference, and IUCC would like to help you get started. In lunchtime sessions from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, and Sunday, March 3, Janet Emery and Laura Long, with assistance from Pastor Paul, will help fellow congregants to prepare and initiate this important conversation.

These sessions will be identical, and follow-up sessions can be held later in the calendar year. Based on materials from The Conversation Project, this program will help you:

    1. Think about what matters most to you at the end of life, not just medical treatment, but also your emotional, personal, and spiritual needs and concerns.
    2. Consider with whom you want to share your wishes, and how, where, and when to start that conversation.
    3. Think about how to select a health care proxy/agent who can express your wishes and make decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
    4. Identify steps toward completing an advanced directive regarding end-of-life medical care (legal document).

You’ll leave with a personal goal in mind and some tools to get started!

Register here: iucc.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/201719

Each session is limited to 24 participants.

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