Dear Parish Members,
I am deeply grateful for having the opportunity to screen our film, Speaking of Dying at your parish and to have Father Marshall’s interest and enthusiasm for the Heartwork model of end-of-life planning. As you may know, death is an important mystery in all our lives. The fear of death or the trauma of a loved one’s death can affect one’s whole life in many ways. That’s why we made this film. In collaboration with chaplain Trudy James, the producer, I directed and was the videographer for the project.
Speaking of Dying premiered on April 16, 2015. Since then it has been shown over 300 times in the Seattle area. It has helped many people think about end of life options and how to begin talking about them.
In conjunction with the film, Heartwork offers workshops on this important subject. The film and workshops are part of a growing nationwide shift in awareness and attitudes about end-of-life choices and options.
We’re excited to grow the conversation, and I invite you to join us for our screening at St. Dunstan’s. The date is set for Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7p.m. We’ll meet in the Parish Hall. I will lead a presentation and have a Q&A discussion afterward.
Our four-session framework for the Heartwork Workshops gives participants time to recognize the challenges in today’s medical environment, to face their fears, to learn about the resources available to them, to make choices that reflect their own deepest values, and to document those choices. They often report that doing this work makes their lives better—along with creating the possibility of a more peaceful ending.
Planning for a good death is an act of loving kindness—for ourselves, and for others. Heartwork facilitators create meaningful, confidential end-of-life planning groups. Consisting of four sessions lasting 1-½ hours, participants find the group conversations “helpful, lively, honest, rich, stimulating, and comforting.”
Participants receive an Advanced Healthcare Directive and a binder with current resources and handouts. The standard fee is $125 per person, and a sliding scale is available for those in need.
Dates: Weds. eves. Feb. 28, Mar.7, 14 and 21.