The subject of death remains largely taboo in our culture. A national survey showed that less than 30 percent of Americans have had conversations with their loved ones about their end-of-life wishes. Yet, a growing number of Americans are reaching the stage of life when we must face the decline and death of elderly loved ones while feeling increasingly vulnerable to aging and illness ourselves.
These tangible signs of mortality open us up to the richness of life that becomes accessible when we are willing to explore within ourselves and venture into delicate, often difficult discussions about end-of-life issues with our closest relatives and friends. This is a path to deeper relationships as well as a way to take command of the quality of life we want to have at the end of life. Too many of us defer these sensitive conversations until it is too late. We hope you will join us in a dialogue that may open the door to your reflections and intimate conversations with your loved ones – and greatly enrich your life.
In this workshop, we will explore factors that facilitate and hinder engaging end-of-life conversations. This will lead us to share our experiences and talk about the fears and challenges that get in the way. We will explore our personal experiences as the means through which we can become increasingly available for our clients.