This workshop series offers three guided meetings during which you will have the opportunity to explore, document, discuss and make decisions about end-of-life care. The documents you create will provide peace of mind in the event of your illness and/or death.
- Personal Directives: what kind of measures do you want taken to keep you alive (or not)
- Health Care Delegates: who will speak for you if and when you are unable
- Funeral Planning: care of your body, funeral ceremony, disposal of corpse, and more.
Central Halifax schedule…
- Fridays, March 6th, 13th, 20th, 10 am until noon
- Sundays, March 22nd, 29th, and April 5th, 1 to 3 pm
Cost: Full group series, includes materials …
- Patron price $230 (allows us to provide scholarships); $400 per couple
- Regular price $180; $300 per couple
- $75 for one session
- Generosity policy available
- $50 per hour for private instruction.
And if you are dying to repeat the workshop, the cost is half as much!
Please note: Due to program pre-homework registration closes 7 days prior to first meeting. For more information, to register, or to schedule a workshop in your community, please contact us.
It is never too soon to contemplate and prepare for death.
From a past participant….
“I took this workshop two years ago.
I was able to complete my Personal Directive by deeply considering all the aspects of my personal care should I not be able to express them myself. As well, I was able to provide my Delegate with very detailed instructions that went far beyond what is required by the Personal Directive of Nova Scotia and met with her to review these instructions
The yellow Death Matters folder on my desk (and on Google Drive) also includes a hand-off memo with everything needed to close down my personal and business life, as well as documents such as contacts and tasks I wish to complete before I die. The templates, instructions and discussions were invaluable in completing these documents.
The Way to Go workshop and further discussions with the facilitators also helped me decide what to do with my former body upon death.
The workshop was, and continues to be, invaluable in planning for the realities of this life and death. If you do not do this, you are placing a great burden on those left behind to clean up what was your life.”
Why doing your Health Care Directive is important.
Planning for the future is important. Everyone needs to have a Personal Directive. We may lose our physical capability temporarily or permanently. We may lose our mental capability slowly, such as with Alzheimer’s disease, or very suddenly, as a result of a car accident. Stress among patients and their loved ones often stems from disagreements regarding health care decision-making at the end of life, including the choice of when to use or stop use of life-sustaining medical procedures.
Generally, the choices regarding medical care are within a patient’s control. However, it is important to realize that there may come a time when you will not have the ability to make these decisions yourself, due to medical reasons or otherwise. Preparing a Personal Directive gives you a voice in the care you will receive if you cannot make your own decisions at the time. It also helps those who will have to make personal care decisions for you. It may be the best gift you can give to your loved ones who may have to make difficult decisions for you in the future. It is important to talk about these issues with the people you trust—your family, friends, health care providers and spiritual advisors. Consider whom you would want to make decisions for you if you are not capable (temporarily or permanently) to make them yourself. Filling out a Personal Directive can be a way of sorting out your values, fears, hopes and wishes about how you want to live. It may take some time and help from others but it can be a very positive journey.
The Personal Directives Act is a new law that does three things:
It recognizes a Personal Directive as a legal document. A Personal Directive allows you to set out how personal care decisions, including health care decisions, are to be made for you when you are not mentally capable of making those decisions. It is only in effect when you are alive and mentally incapable of speaking for yourself.
It sets up a process that allows a person to appoint a delegate to make decisions about their own health care. A delegate is a person who has the authority to make decisions for you if you are not able to make decisions about your own health care. If you make a Personal Directive, you can name another person as a delegate to make decisions for you about your personal care.
It allows a person to set out their wishes for their personal care in a legal document. First, you can write down specific instructions for people to follow when they provide you with personal care services, if you become incapable of making decisions. If these instructions are clear, and specific to the decision to be made, they must be followed. Second, you can write down other information about your values, beliefs, and wishes to guide others who will be providing you with personal care services, if you become incapable of making decisions.