“The Elephant in the Room” is how the subject of dying is sometimes described. We all know that it’s there, but we don’t know how to talk about it. And, when it happens in our families, we struggle, sometimes more than we would need to if we had taken the time to prepare. By settling the matters of our world and making decisions ahead of time, we can create an opportunity to enter the end of our lives with greater awareness and freedom.
To help start these important conversations, Firelands Presbyterian Church is offering a series of seven sessions on a variety of topics having to do with end-of-life issues. All sessions are free, open to the public, and feature outside speakers. They are scheduled from September 12th through October 24th, each Thursday evening at 7 p.m.in the church fellowship hall. “Plan to come to as many of them as you can,” says Pastor Jeanne Gay. “You’ll be glad that you did.”
9/12Making Legal and Medical Preparations: Representative, Senior Independence
9/19The Grieving Process: Katherine Hall, Stein Hospice
9/26Organ and Tissue Donation: Representative, Life Connection of Ohio
10/3What Happens When We Die–Physical and Spiritual Aspects: Rachel Berry, Stein Hospice
10/10 Planning for Funeral and Burial or Cremation: Pastor Gay and Representatives of Local Funeral Homes
10/17 Care Options in Ottawa County: Home Health Care, Nursing Homes, Hospice: Dianne Mortensen, Ottawa County Senior Resources
10/24 Dealing with Dementia: Rachel Berry, Stein Hospice
Firelands Presbyterian Church is located at 2626 East Harbor Road, (1/2 mile west of Wal-Mart). Please call the church office at 419.734.6211 for more information.