How can we develop a values centered approach to our end of life? 

A workshop  series for people of all ages and stages, who want to be empowered at the end of life and who want to provide care to others with knowledge and compassion.  

Workshop Series- Phase one
Awakening to Life and Death
What factors shape your quality of life?

Four Mondays 2:30-4:30
​January 7, 14th, 28th and February 4th

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Four Week Workshop Series 
Winter Dates
Mondays, 2:30-4:30
January 7th-February 4th
(No class on MLK day, 1/21)

Location: Sebastopol Area Senior Center  
167 N. High Street
​Sebastopol, California 95472

To Register or for​
Information Contact Tess Lorraine
Speakingofdeath@icloud.com

 
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Investigation
Exploring Your Choices​​​​​​​​​​​​

Interactive and mulit-media workshops on what impacts  our choices.

January 7th- What has influenced my perceptions of death and dying? 

Exploring our understanding of end of life passages. 

January 14th - How do I “Let go?”

Acknowledging loss and understanding grief in our own and one another’s mortality.

January 28th- How do I find purpose in final stages? 

Examining what is most relevant to us as our priorities and personal agency changes. 

February 4th-  How do I ask for and give support in my relationships?

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of changing relationships in illness, old age and death.


With the complexities of medical interventions,  longer life spans, and potential loss of personal agency, our wishes are more complex than whether or not to "Pull the plug"  In a culture of self sufficiency, we don't know how to easily function within dependencies.  Medical advocacy may be the most important request we ever ask of others, including medical professionals.  As we consider an end of life plan that expands beyond medical directives it's helptul to explore the breadth and depth of our wishes.  This workshop series is a highly interactive,  multi-media approach to having a clear understanding of our choice
How do you communicate about and make your  decisions about end of life? 

Workshop Series- Phase two
Designing Advanced Directives
Getting Your Paperwork in Order

Weekly on Tuesdays 10:00-12:00
October 9th - 30th 
 

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Design​
​Setting the Groundwork

A creative and engaging approach
to designing our advanced directives and getting our affairs in order.
 

October 9th- What are my expectations of medical oversight with health care professionals and with my significant decision makers?

Defining medical advocacy and exploring the conversations that are important to reflect your values at end of life.

October 16th-  What are the implications of my medical choices? 

Examining the scope of how we make medical choices in assuring quality of life for ourselves and our loved ones. 

October 23rd-  What paperwork do I need to have in order?  

Creating your Exit Box:  Reviewing  important documents for medical professionals, family, and/or friends in case of emergency.

October 30th-  How do I want to be remembered in my passing? 

Defining the social, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of leaving a positive dying legacy.
 



Dates: Tuesdays,  10:00 - 12:00 PM​​
October 9th - 30th   

Location: Vintage House
264 First St. East
Sonoma, CA


To Register For This Workshop
Contact; Vintage House
(Note: Each workshop series has it's own link to register.)

​For Information: Contact Tess Lorraine
Speakingofdeath@icloud.com





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Advanced Directives or a living will gives direction to the medical treatment we want at end of life, in particular if we can no longer advocate for ourselves.   A health care power of attorney is appointed by us to make health care decisions.   The health care agent (also called an attorney-in-fact or proxy) becomes our spokesperson on a range of medical treatments.  Aside from advanced directive there is other paperwork that our loved ones need in case of an sudden death or lack of an ability to communicate. This workshop series provides the opportunity to get all our information in order and to assure we have the right conversations in regard to our advocacy. ​​​​​​​​​​
What Do You Have In Order For Your  Loved Ones, and Caregivers and Professionals?  

Workshop Series- Phase three
 A Dying Legacy
The Path Towards Our Final Passage


Tuesdays 10:00-12:00
November 20th - December 11th​



Dates: Tuesdays,  10:00 - 12:00 PM​​
November 20th- December 11th
 
Location: Vintage House Senior Center
264 First St. East
Sonoma, CA


To Register For This Workshop 
Contact: Vintage House
(Note: Each workshop series has it's own link to register.)

For More Information Contact Tess Lorraine
 Speakingofdeath@icloud.com


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Implementation:​​​​

Beyond Advanced Directives: Creating the pathway to implement our wishes. .   

  • November 20th - What is the difference between, curative, palliative and hospice care?

  • Understanding the your medical support systems and entitlements for end of life planning. 
     
    November 27th-  Do I have the right to choose my death if I am terminally ill?

  • Reviewing the right to die law and understanding qualifications and ethical questions. 

    December 4th-  How do I share what’s most important to me before I die? 

  • Stewardship of our belongings and finishing business to honor what we leave behind. 

    December 11th- How do I want my body handled and what do I care about in my dying legacy?  

  • Home burials, ceremonies and connection. 
     
 We can be empowered at the end of our lives to release and graciously offer what we have accumulated, not only in regard to our material possessions, but also in honoring our relationships and the wisdom of our unique journeys.  Our final rights of passage can last years and yet can also be a very meaningful time.  In this phase, the social expectations change and we are more interdependent.  The circumstances that previously sustained our sense of purpose can change.  There may be no greater opportunity to share than when we say goodbye. And there may be no greater legacy to leave than in how we make our final farewell. This workshop series provides the personal and social structures of support that will help you transition with greater ease. ​​​​​
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How Can You Leave A Positive Legacy In Your Final Transition?