Plan to Die Well
Death and dying are tough topics. Many people avoid learning about possibilities and choices until it’s too late. Well-prepared advance directives make it possible to die with grace and dignity. If you’d like help making life and death decisions, you’ve come to the right place.
As my client, you will write well-informed advance directives that clearly align with your personal values. Your end-of-life preferences will be thoroughly documented: that’s a relief. Your loved ones and health care provider will understand your vision of a good death: that’s a comfort. Your family will have a plan to care for you that won’t set them at odds with each other. No power struggles. No guessing. No one gets to impose their values on your decisions. That’s peace of mind.
I provide concise and relevant resources, first-hand experience, coaching, accountability, and a timeline. Together, we get the job done well.
What exactly are advance directives?
The term “advance directives” refers to official legal documents that serve people while they are living. Your Living Will explains what kind of medical interventions you would (or would not) want if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Medical Durable Power of Attorney (MDPOA) is the companion document which names the person who has authority to advocate for the options articulated in your Living Will. Your closest kin may not be the best choice for this role. There are many things to consider. This person may not be temperamentally suited to function well in an authoritative role. They may not feel comfortable with this responsibility. They may feel conflicted about interventions you do or don’t want. They may live far away or have work or family demands that are logistically prohibitive. We will give thorough consideration to choosing your MDPOA and how to support this person should they be called into service.
Documents such as wills and trusts that have authority after a person dies are best completed with the help of an attorney.
What is the format?
We will meet five times over the course of nine weeks, individually or as a group. You will have one week between each meeting for reading, podcasts, TEDTalks (about 2 hours for each class) and for careful reflection. You will be ready to file your directives nine weeks after we begin.
Throughout this process, you will:
- explore end-of-life questions and concerns informed by relevant articles, podcasts, and TED Talks
- hear others’ questions, hopes, fears, and experiences with death and dying
- discover how ever-evolving advances in medical technology complicate end-of-life decisions
- be supported by an experienced and insightful coach
What does it cost?
- Group Workshop @ $200/person
8-10 participants. Five 90-minute sessions.
- Personal Coaching @ $600
Five 60-minute sessions
- Couples Coaching @ $900
Five 75-minute sessions