“Many of us would choose to die in a planned, comfortable way, surrounded by those we love. But you can’t plan for a good death if you don’t know you’re dying. We need to learn how to make a place for death in our lives and we also need to learn how to plan for it. In most cases, the suffering could have been avoided, or at least mitigated, by some education on death and our medical system. The fact is that when patients are prepared, they die better. When they have done the work of considering their own goals and values, and have documented those preferences, they make different choices. What people want when it comes to end-of-life care is almost never as much as what we give them.”
The excerpt above is from a New York Times article that was published this last week at the following link:
The article was sent to me by a friend who had been to our home for a very insightful conversation with other friends. The conversation eventually led to the subject of death and dying- a subject that isn’t often talked about but is one in which we “must” engage. Since that time, we’ve made a special date with our friends to continue this conversation and to explore this very important topic in our lives.
In alignment with this purpose, we, at LifePath, are so fortunate to have Deborah Starr, Ph.D guide us in a talk focused on meaningful, useful, and important conversations about end-of-life and death. In addition to her work in this area, Deborah has created an engaging animated film called “Plain Talk,” https://youtu.be/XamclxiHXFk , to encourage people to talk about death/end-of-life concerns and to change the cultural norm on this topic. She will share this knowledge at our Center on March 6th. I do hope you can join us for this insightful experience!
Death and Dying with Deborah Starr, Ph.D.
Monday, March 6, 2017, 6:30 to 8 pm
Suggested donation of 100 pesos
Drop-ins welcome but pre-registration preferred
For registration and questions, contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org