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Saturday Nov 2: Workshops – Living Well by Planning for Death

Choose one or both of the two half-day sessions, or the full day session.

Lunch

There will be a break for lunch from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit and dessert provided free of charge and sponsored by Ethical Deathcare.

Half-day Sessions

9 a.m. – 12 noon Advanced Care Directives, presented by Dying with Dignity

Delivered by the local Dying with Dignity team and using a new workbook this interactive session will help you complete exercises on defining your personal Advanced Care plans or prepare you for helping other family members.

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 9 a.m. – 12 noon  

EDC LOGO TransparentLunch: 12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit and dessert provided free of charge and sponsored by Ethical Deathcare.

Where: 603 Wellington Crescent (map and parking)

Cost: Free – must register in advance

Sign up: Register using the form here

Advanced Care Directives Workshop Details

Based on past presentations and reports from patients, families, and health care professionals, there are lots of questions and many issues that need further elaboration and interpretation – take time during this workshop to learn how to best make the Advanced Care Directive reflect your wishes or those of family members. 

Topics addressed in the presentation include:

  • Legal issues around ACP's / Health Care Directives, including the difference between an ACP and a Power of Attorney
  • Patient rights including right to refuse treatment
  • How to choose a proxy decision maker
  • How to ensure that your wishes are carried out
  • Comparing a Living Will prepared by a lawyer to a standard hospital form, and the Manitoba government form
  • Discussing common but imprecise phrases such as "heroic measures" and "artificial means"
  • Walking through the ACP kit and the Health Care Directive form in detail
  • How to complete the form / how to make copies
  • What to do (and what NOT to do) with your HCD after it’s completed
  • Resources for those who want further information or guidance

1:15 – 3:30 pm Planning a Memorial Service for yourself and others

Join Rev. Meghann Robern for an interactive workshop on planning a memorial service for yourself or others. Leave the afternoon with a workbook package full of notes and ideas for future reference.

When: Saturday November 2nd 1:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  

Lunch: 12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Come early and join us for sandwiches, veggies, fruit and dessert provided free of charge and sponsored by Ethical Deathcare

Where: 603 Wellington Crescent (map and parking)

Cost: Free – must register in advance

Sign up: Sign up using the form here.

More information: Work with Rev. Meghann Robern to understand key elements of a memorial service designed to both reflect and honour the person being remembered. Use this time to make notes on your own wishes or learn how to be prepared for a loved one’s service. Handouts and worksheets will be provided.

Full-day Workshop*

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. “How to talk about Death”

 “How to talk about Death” Communications Workshop – a doing death better” course content by Sarah Kerr, PhD, Death Doula (same content as Friday). Content developed by Sarah Kerr, PhD and Death Doula, covers five key areas and incorporates video segments, facilitated group discussion, personal reflection and workbook exercises. Facilitated by Liz Redston, certified adult educator.

When: Saturday November 2nd 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Lunch: 12 noon – 1:15 p.m. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit and dessert provided free of charge and sponsored by Ethical Deathcare. 

Where: 603 Wellington Crescent (map and parking)

Cost: $35 Special offer: This program is normally $169 if enrolled online independently through Sarah Kerr’s website. We have a special license to deliver her valuable content.

Payment: Please etransfer $35 to the Unitarian Church and use email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A password is not needed because we are set up for autodeposit.

Sign up: Sign up using the form here.

Additional Information

This workshop content includes the following five key areas of communication:

  1. Why talking about the death is hard and why it is important
  2. Conversations to have when you are young or healthy
  3. Skills for staying clear and present in difficult conversations
  4. Conversations to have when you know death is coming soon
  5. Goodbye conversations at the deathbed

*Please choose one Communications Workshop to attend: The Communications Workshop runs both Friday and Saturday. The same content is offered both days. Please attend only one.

Accessibility note: Friday's workshop is held in the fully-accessible Sanctuary on the main floor. Saturday's workshop is held on the lower level and is accessible only by using stairs; there is no elevator.

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