to inform and empower your end-of-life choices.
I understand. Nobody wants to talk about death. But it’s too late to learn how to die well when death is knocking at your door. When it comes to dying, you only get one chance. There are no do overs.
Save yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary suffering. Stop procrastinating. Plan for a good death. Being informed is empowering. Getting caught off guard is traumatic.
Trust me. I’ve watched people go both ways.
Ready or not, death is inevitable – like an ultimate, unavoidable final exam. Many folks avoid learning about options, choices, and end-of-life possibilities until it’s too late to make educated decisions. Please don’t be one of those people. Do your homework now.
I have valuable experiences, profound insights, and professional resources about death and dying to share with you. We’ll work together – on a reasonable timeline – so you will confidently complete your directives in a matter of weeks. Let me guide you through the rough spots.
Well-prepared advance directives make it possible to die with grace and dignity. That will be important to you: no last-minute, uninformed decisions. That will be important to those you love: no guessing, power struggles, family conflict, regrets.
For a better ending and peace of mind, plan for your last days now. Let’s get started!
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 homework and thoughtful 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
Completing all the steps necessary to have fully functional directives is much easier with a personal guide!
See this conversation with me and group participants recorded at Foothills Unitarian Church (October 31, 2021).
What does it cost?
- Group Workshop @ $300/person. 6-12 participants. Five 90-minute sessions. Facilitator sets the schedule.
- Single $450 Five 60-minute sessions on your schedule.
- Couple $600 Five 75-minute sessions on your schedule.