One of the hardest memories I have of my father’s passing is that my family was forced to drive around the day of his death trying to find a mortuary and cemetery. The hospital where he died needed to move him after a certain amount of hours and needed to know where to send his body. My family climbed into my SUV and we spent the entire day of his passing having to tour all the available cemeteries. It was one of the most confusing and stressful days of our lives; when we should have been grieving, we had to worry about a lot of logistics. The stress on my mother and my family that day was difficult. But my mother did not have a plan even though my father had been ill for many years. She didn’t want to have to think about it. The most recent numbers state that less than 50% of us have a Will. And a Will is just one piece of the end-of-life planning puzzle.
In Lent we will be offering two forums to help address how to plan and document our wishes so that we can leave our loved ones better prepared. We hope that you will take advantage of these two opportunities to learn more about this important topic! It’s never too soon to leave your family this gift.
February 25th 12:15-1:30: Jody Giles, the writer and creator of THE MISSING PIECES PLAN will be here to give us a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for “end of life issues” and what documents are essential for careful planning. The cost for this seminar is $20.00 which includes lunch and a copy of Jody’s book/workbook. (Scholarships available, please contact Mtr. Jenifer).
March 11th 12:15-1:30: Steven Carvel of The Law Offices of Steven Carvel, an Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate Attorney will offer a general presentation on key terms and concepts of estate planning and healthcare directives from a legal perspective.
R.S.V.P.s are Mandatory: Jchatfield@stjla.org
Missing Pieces Plan: Please RSVP by February 4th
Legal Forum: Please RSVP by March 4th