Dear Friendly Folks,
On Saturday April 25 from 2-4pm, Friends Meeting at Cambridge will continue with the second session of our End-of-Life Planning workshop. Resources from the first session are available below. You are invited to join us via Zoom even if you did not attend session 1.
In the first session, we imagined what a “good death” might look like for each of us, and we were invited to take steps to help prepare for that. We explored our hopes and fears, and as a homework assignment attendees were encouraged to fill out and have witnessed a Health-Care Proxy. We also encourage filling out a HIPAA release form (available below).
In Part 2, we encourage attendees to have at hand their completed health-care proxy forms. We will discuss directives for before and after death as well as preparing for difficult conversations, since not everyone is comfortable talking about end-of-life matters. The workshops will be presented by Patti Muldoon and Bill Thompson, co-clerks of FMC’s sponsoring Marriage, Family and Relationships Committee. They are also board members of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts.
To participate online on Saturday, April 25 from 2-4pm, click here. To participate by phone enter the Meeting ID: 783 475 1861. A smart phone is not required, and you do not need to download any program or app if you want to participate by phone. For help and resources in using Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
End-Of-Life Planning Resources
FMC Workshop April 25, 2020
Prepared by Bill Thompson & Patti Muldoon
Please fill out (and have witnessed) the Health-Care Proxy form. We are providing two forms; one is the fuller document, and a smaller form which may be carried in your wallet. Scan the full document & email it to your health care proxy(s).
Wallet-size Healthcare Proxy: Health Care Proxy.
Massachusetts Health Care Proxy form and instructions: MassMed Health Care Proxy form.
How to Choose a Health Care Proxy
HIPAA Authorization to Release Health Information allows doctors to talk with your health agent and with chosen loved ones who aren’t making decisions for you.
- “Before I Go” funeral planner digital download.
- Karen Smith, PhD presentation “How to Get the Death You Want” available on the Massachusetts Funeral Consumers Alliance and the USA Funeral Consumers Alliance.
- Article “Don’t Wait Until You’re Sick“
- “Being Prepared in the Time of Covid-19” from the Conversation Project website.
- Guidance for choosing a health care proxy: Advance Directive Statement.
- Authorization to Release Protected Health Information.
- Getting Your Shit Together website.
- “Do I want a Ventilator?”