Approaching the End of Life: Difficult Discussions, Difficult Decisions

Presented by Joyce Thompson and Jan Kenney, Placitas Sage Cohousing

Session Description

End of life issues are difficult for people to discuss with each other. Although 9 out of 10 adults say they want to talk about these issues, it is estimated that only 3 out of 10 adults have actually engaged in such conversations. These discussions are difficult to initiate with family and friends. Can living in cohousing help prepare members to begin conversations that will lead to good decisions about end-of-life issues? We believe 'yes.' Our presentation will provide steps to ensure that such decisions reflect the physical, emotional and spiritual character that leads to meaningful plans for life's end.

About the Presenter/s

Rev. Joyce Thompson is a retired hospital and hospice chaplain. She coordinated Medical Ethics Committees in large hospitals in Albuquerque and Tucson, often mediating end-of-life discussions with patients, their families, and medical staff. She has Masters’ degrees from both Harvard University and Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as 20 years’ experience working with patients and their families. She is the “burning soul” of Placitas Sage Cohousing in Placitas, New Mexico.

Jan Kenney is a Nurse Practitioner with over 35 years’ experience. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester. She is currently employed by Geriatric Solutions and makes house calls to elderly, frail and the disabled. She works closely with her patients and their families to prepare for end of life issues. Jan is a Member of Placitas Sage Cohousing.