The Culture of Dying:
Because we had such a positive response to the Dia de Los Muertos celebration Sunday, October 31 and learning about Latin American countries’ approaches to death and dying, we thought it might be helpful to look at how we in America approach death and dying. So to that end, we invite you to participate in our virtual 3 part series: The Culture of Dying, where we can explore our own experiences.
What you will learn:
How varied our experiences of death may have been for each of us. We will talk about how we remember and honor those we have lost and how much they impact our ideas about death and dying. We will become more informed about all the end-of-life options available in the US. We will learn about an additional option, medical aid in dying, available in California and 10 other states in the US. We hope to create a very safe space where we can share our experiences and our hopes for a peaceful death and how we might want to be remembered.
Presenter: Lynne Calkins, Nurse Practitioner, retired, and constituent of LVCOB
The Culture of Dying:
Topic: End of Life Option Act in California
Presenter: Lynne Calkins, BA,CRNP
End of Life Choices California Presenter:
Lynne Calkins, BA CRNP
Most of the work we do at End of Life Choices California involves talking with people about dying: addressing their fears, providing support with problem solving, helping them access the resources they need to plan for the kind of death they wish for. Some people might find this kind of work challenging and even distasteful. But we love it.
We TALK about it! So many people have said something to our volunteers along these lines: “Thank you for your honest and frank conversations with me. No one has been willing to have them and I am so grateful and feel free from worry now.”
Another important aspect of our work is helping people do the necessary preparation in case of a medical emergency, or diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness. This process is called Advance Care Planning. We teach seminars on this and enjoy educating people on how to plan ahead.
One thing people often don’t know or think about is this is important for EVERY PERSON OVER THE AGE OF 18. All adults should have an Advance Directive and have shared it with their important people.
A Gift to Family
Therefore, in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, on April 16, we are devoting the entire month of April to paying attention to these important matters. Every week we will post a new blog on a different but related topic on Advance Care Planning. If you read every one, at the end you will be an expert!
Please join us in these important discussions.