Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, a nonprofit organization serving your neighborhood for 30 years, is available to present community forums at your library, senior center, park district, community center, assisted living facility, retirement community or nursing home.
There is no charge for these programs. If you are interested in scheduling one of the following forums or if you have any questions, please contact Lynette Cremerius at (630) 856-6982 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject
An intimate story about the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end of life, Consider the Conversation is a remarkable, thought-provoking film that looks at many of the issues that we will all face at the end of life. Consider the Conversation examines multiple perspectives on end of life care and includes information and experiences gathered from interviews with patients, family members, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers, and national experts from around the country. The goal is to jump start the conversation between husband and wife, doctor and patient, minister and parishioner, parent and child. This is not a story about death - rather, it's a film about living life to its fullest up to the very end.
Advance Directives: Communicating Life Wishes
Healthcare professionals from Adventist St. Thomas Hospice discuss ways for you to communicate your wishes to loved ones and family members in the event of a serious illness or accident. Program includes information on Advanced Directives such as Living Will and Power of Attorney for Health Care, where to find the forms and how to complete them, and who should have copies. Five Wishes: An interactive tool for individuals and families to plan ahead and cope with life decisions. Five Wishes is an invaluable aid to help those closest to you understand what your wishes are and to feel comfortable with those decisions.
Supporting a Friend or Loved One Through Grief
Someone you know is grieving. You want to be there for them, but you’re not sure what to say or what would be helpful. Join professional grief counselors from Adventist St. Thomas Hospice to discuss the grief journey, what it looks like, how long it lasts, specific things that help and specific things that don’t, how to be present and supportive without being intrusive.
Starting the Difficult Conversation
How do you begin the important though sometimes difficult conversation with family members and loved ones to find out what their wishes are about long term and end of life care? Who do they want named as Power of Attorney in the event they are no longer able to make their own health care decisions? What if the time has come to talk about additional care giving or health care needs? Healthcare professionals from Adventist St. Thomas Hospice provide some guidelines to put you and your loved one at ease with starting the discussion about care.