WHAT ARE YOUR END OF LIFE WISHES?
As Baby Boomers, many of us have known someone who has declined in health at the end of life without communicating and documenting their final wishes for end of life care. We’ve witnessed the burden this puts on loved ones, who are often paralyzed because they either don’t know what that person's wishes are or they are not legally able to make critical end-of-life decisions for that person.
Don’t let this happen to you and your loved ones!
Attend this workshop and learn how to decide, discuss and document your end of life wishes:
• Decide What You Want & Who Will Speak for You If You’re Unable – You’ll learn facts and tips that will help you make sound decisions about what your end-of-life wishes are and who might be the best person to make medical decisions for you if you are unable.
• Discuss Your End-of-Life Wishes with Your Loved Ones and Health Care Professionals – You’ll learn how to openly discuss your end-of-life wishes with your loved ones and chosen health care agent. You’ll also learn how to talk with your health care professionals.
• Document Your End-of-Life Wishes So Everyone Is On the Same Page - This workshop will give you an opportunity to document your end-of-life choices. Discussion will center on the Directive to Physicians (Living Will) and the Medical Power of Attorney (appointing your Health Care Agent).
During this workshop you’ll also be given the opportunity to complete, if you wish two important Advance Healthcare Directives:
• Directives to Physicians and Family or Surrogates (Living Will) – In this document you state your wishes about life-sustaining medical treatment if you are terminally ill, permanently unconscious, or in the end-stage of a fatal illness.
• Medical Power of Attorney – In this document you appoint someone to make all medical treatment decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself.
No doubt, talking about end of life choices can be tough. However, discussing how you chose to live at the end of life with loved ones and healthcare professionals has proven to ease anxieties and reduce stress – for everyone! The truth is it’s better to have these conversations at the kitchen table than in the Intensive Care Unit during a medical crisis.
Seating Is Limited.
The workshop will be facilitated by Garrick Colwell. He has been a Hospice Volunteer since 1987 and served as a volunteer on-call hospital and Hospice chaplain. As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, he collaborates with Hospice Austin to offer Conversations On Grief, a monthly online grief support program. He is a Respecting Choices First Steps Advance Care Planning Instructor and Facilitator. Garrick is one of the Co-Creators of Kitchen Table Conversations.
Kitchen Table Conversations is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization to provide education and resources that empower Central Texans to have end of life conversations with loved ones and health care providers and to legally document their wishes ensuring those choices are honored and respected.