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:
This Atlantic Monthly article briefly reviews 9 books that reflect on death. To see the review, click on the following link:
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.
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In this article in Yes!, an online magazine, Sydney Worth reviews the book Seven Things People Forget To Do Before They Die. This book was written for a Canadian audience but can also be useful to Americans. Amazon describes the book as follows: Death is a part of life. We used to understand this, and in the past, loved ones generally died at home with family around them. But in just a few generations, death has become a medical event, and we have lost the ability to make this last part of life more personal and meaningful. Today people want to regain control over health-care decisions for themselves and their loved ones. Talking About Death Won’t Kill You is the essential handbook to help Canadians navigate personal and medical decisions for the best quality of life for the end of our lives. Noted palliative-care educator and researcher Kathy Kortes-Miller shows readers how to identify and reframe limiting beliefs about dying with humor and compassion.
The first on the list of things people forget to do is:
1. Use the D-words.
Death, dying, and dead. Clear language rather than euphemisms such as “passed away” or “transitioned” can help loved ones recognize end of life as a normal event and provide better support.
To read about all seven things that people forget to do, click on the following link: https://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/death/die-do-before-bucket-list-20190827
There is an emerging trend in which people plan “living” or “pre-death” funerals for themselves. To read more about these events, click on the following link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/article/6eb7d54e-41db-4927-9e1c-def8ddacf59e
A long-time Seeker who has moved to Vermont plans ahead for her death. Read about her experience by clicking on the following link: McMakin-Looking Forward-Draft_05-2019-0122