Planning for End-of-Life Issues Through the Lens of Christian Faith

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Camarillo Health Ministry Education Series - 2022

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 102 Camino Esplendido, Camarillo, CA 93010

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

The Mount Cross Lutheran Church Care Team, Health Ministry Program, in conjunction with the Health Ministry of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, have developed a comprehensive three-part series to openly discuss issues associated with the End of Life.

Each session will include presentations by knowledgeable guest speakers and a panel to lead supportive discussions and provide answers to your questions.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 at 1:00 p.m. – Grieving
SUNDAY, JULY 24 at 1:00 p.m. – Palliative and Hospice Care
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 at 1:00 p.m. - Advance Decisions, Directives and Documents

All sessions will be held at Mount Cross Lutheran, Camarillo and refreshments will be provided. There is no cost to attend these sessions. ELCA churches in our Synod and local partner churches are invited to participate. Feel free to invite others.

Please REGISTER so that we can make adequate plans for the number of attendees.  If you have questions, contact Evonne Kuchera, Mount Cross Health Ministry Nurse, at evonnemk@aol.com or Susan Prosser, Mount Cross CARE TEAM Chair, at prosser1@sbcglobal.net.

Session 1 - Grieving (June 5, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.)

All aspects of GRIEVING and the variety of causes of GRIEF will be presented by Mount Cross HEALTH MINISTRY TEAM MEMBER Jennifer Christeson, MSW.  Jennifer has many years of experience providing support in a hospital setting working with families and patients receiving end-of-life care.  Jennifer will then join two experienced parish Health Ministry nurses and a pastor to lead discussion and answer questions.

Please REGISTER to attend this session by emailing Susan Prosser prosser1@sbcglobal.net with your name(s) and the name of your church.  Questions can be sent to this same email.

Session 2 - Palliative and Hospice Care (July 24, 2022)

Is there a difference between Palliative and Hospice Care? If there is, what do I need to know about it? Will knowing help me make better decisions?

Learn the answers through presentations by knowledgeable speakers and an opportunity for answers to your questions. We will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Mount Cross sanctuary for the presentation and then move under the outdoor pavilion for refreshments. Your total time spent at this event will range from an estimated 1 to 1.5 hour based on our first session. There is no cost to attend. Handouts and take away materials will be provided to those in attendance.

If you have questions contact Evonne Kuchera, Mount Cross Health Ministry Nurse, at evonnemk@aol.com or Susan Prosser, Mount Cross CARE TEAM Chair, at prosser1@sbcglobal.net.

Session 3 - Advance Decisions, Directives and Documents (September 11 at 1:00 p.m.)

Have you given adequate thought to important matters that may affect decisions that need to be made upon your death, or if you should become temporarily or permanently incapacitated?

There are ways that you can make many decisions in advance and other ways to share your values, beliefs, and preferences. Knowledgeable presenters will share ways to organize your thinking, aid in decision-making and document decisions and preferences. There will be plenty of time for questions from those attending. All are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

There is no target age or gender! Refreshments and takeaways provided. If you have questions contact Mount Cross Care Team members Evonne Kuchera, evonnemk@aol.com, or Susan Prosser, prosser1@sbcglobal.net, for more information.

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