Looking Forward by Jacqueline McMakin

Our Members — Vermont Global Exchange

In this collection of stories, Jacqueline McMakin describes insights and resources she acquired during and after her mother’s death.  Her short pieces highlight the benefits of preparation and the help that is available for those who are contemplating their own death or wish to do so.

Click on the following link to read Looking Forward

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Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

The “Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment” form is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments.  It: consolidates important information into orders that are valid across the continuum of care, standardizes definitions, reminds patients and providers of available treatment options, and increases the likelihood that a patient’s wishes regarding life-sustaining treatments are honored throughout the health care system.  It is signed by a doctor or other qualified health professional and is valid across the continuum of care.  It can be posted on your refrigerator, where emergency medical technician know to look if they come to your house.

To read about, download, and complete the form, click on the following link: https://marylandmolst.org/

For the DC form (MOST), click on the following link: https://dchealth.dc.gov/most

For information about Virginia (POST)*, click on:  https://www.virginiapost.org/forms

*Virginia POST forms cannot be downloaded online but must be obtained from your physician

Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR. Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness

Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness, Fifth Edition is a guide to help patients and families with end-of-life decisions.  The author, Hank Dunn draws on his extensive experience as a chaplain in a nursing home, hospice program and hospital. In Hard Choices he shares stories of many of the patients and families he has help guide through this most difficult and important time in their lives. He also has conducted a thorough search of the medical literature citing almost 150 journal articles of research into the topics discussed in the book.

To view the guide, click on the following link:  https://www.alzconnected.org/uploadedFiles/HardChoices.pdf

Write your own obituary class

 

Saturday February 22 * 1-3pm * $10 * REGISTER

6950 Maple St NW, Washington DC 20012

with Sarah (founder of Death Positive DC and end-of-life doula)

Contact Sarah at sarah@deathpositivedc.com for more information

We will start promptly at 1pm // PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Join me as we learn about obituaries and have a go at writing our own.

We’ll spend a bit of time talking about the history of obits and we’ll read some obituaries (with an emphasis on ones written by the person who died).

Then I’ll provide different writing exercises we can try. We will write and discuss, and then have a second round of writing and discussion. I’ll be available for one-on-one help.

At the end of the workshop, people can read their obits to the group (optional, of course!).

Please bring paper and pen or a laptop for writing. Light snacks and drinks will be provided.

 

Having “The Conversation” — the Conversation Project

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The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.  The project provides “Conversation Starter Kits” to help you have the conversation with a family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care. It is available in several languages.  Talking with your loved ones openly and honestly, before a medical crisis happens, gives everyone a shared understanding about what matters most to you at the end of life. You can use this Starter Kit whether you are getting ready to tell someone else what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to share their wishes.

All of the Starter Kits are available to download and print for free.  To learn more about the kits, click on the following link:

https://theconversationproject.org/starter-kits/#conversation-starter-kit


All-Day Smithsonian Workshop on Religious Views of Death

Death and Beyond: Comparative Reflections on World Religious Traditions

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Saturday, November 9, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world. Graham M. Schweig, a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, surveys differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives. Stories, teachings, and rituals from the major faiths, as well as contemporary interpretations, are examined to illuminate the ultimate life event: death.

9:30–10:45 a.m. Overview: Comparative Religions and Life After Death

What is religion? And what is the role of death, dying, and the afterlife in world religions?  Explore these topics as well as conceptions of the soul and the human struggle for purpose and meaning among the three major global religious systems.

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Semitic Traditions

Visions of death and the afterlife from the ancient Middle Eastern traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: key figures and tenets.

12:15–1:30 p.m.  Lunch (participants provide their own).

1:30–2:45 p.m. East Asian Traditions

Conceptions of death and the afterlife in Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, and Buddhism.

3–4:15 p.m. South Asian Traditions and Modern Reflections

Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism are examined, as well as contemporary interpretations of themes on death, dying, and the afterlife.

To purchase tickets online, click on the following link:

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/death-and-beyond-comparative-reflections-on-world-religious-traditions?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OCT19eASmartSaturdays10.19.19&utm_content=version_A&promo=247468