Dying Well & Ready
Living Hopefully with Our Mortality

Wednesdays
January 12, 19, and 26
7pm, Online Only (pre-register for Zoom link)

The popular hymn In Christ Alone ends with the strong affirmation “til He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I stand.” This class series encourages that stance for persons of any age through clear-eyed reflection on how to talk about, understand, and plan for the end of this present life, in anticipation of the life to come. Each class will be led by a panel of knowledgeable, experience-equipped speakers, with opportunities for questions and discussion around tables and breakout rooms, and suggested reading for preparation and reflection.

January 12
Talking Comfortably About End of Life

Topics:
  • Why is it often difficult to talk about end-of-life plans with family, medical practitioners and others?
  • How and when can such conversations occur comfortably and fruitfully?
  • What goals and outcomes can come from such conversations?

Speakers Panel: 
  • Dr. Steve Mitchell – Medical Director, Emergency Department, Harborview
  • Pam Davies – Pain and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, University of Washington
  • Dr. Doug Lee – Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute, and Presbyterian elder
  • Rev. Dr. Laurie Brenner – West Side Presbyterian Senior Pastor (moderating)

Class Reading:  Joy in the Journey (Steve and Sharol Hayner), pages 11-37 (not required to participate)

Other Resources:

January 19
Dying Well: Three spouses share about the final journey with their life’s partner

Topics:
  • What do we mean by a “good death”?
  • What are the practical considerations which facilitate a hopeful and peaceful passing? 
  • How can family/friends/the church be most helpful to a person facing end of life and their family? 

Speakers Panel:
  • Dave Evans – Stanford lecturer and co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-lived, Joyful Life 
  • Debbie Runke – Counselor and West Side member
  • David Brenner – non-profit volunteer, former attorney and West Side member
  • Rev. Dr. Laurie Brenner – West Side Presbyterian Senior Pastor (moderating)

Class Reading:  Joy in the Journey (Steve and Sharol Hayner), pages 37-111 (not required to participate)

Other Resources:

January 26
Dying Ready: Body, Goods, Legacy and Soul

Topics:
  • Why be “ready”?
  • Are your body and your goods ready? (wills, health care directives, powers of attorney, interment and memorial preferences)?
  • Is your soul ready? 
  • What is your “legacy”?

Speakers Panel:
  • Nancy Cahill, Seattle estates attorney and Presbyterian elder
  • Frish Brandt, a “legacy letter midwife” at Lasting Letters
  • David Brenner, retired attorney and West Side member
  • Dennis Henn, West Side member, author and Presbyterian pastor (retired)
  • Chris Koch, West Side Senior Director of Ministry (moderating)

Class Reading:  Joy in the Journey, (Steve and Sharol Hayner) pages 111-143 (not required to participate)
 
Other Resources: