So to compliment my role as a case manager and group facilitator with older adults, I have a mission and purpose in the areas of death and dying.
Not a topic most want to think about or even contemplate, but in order to be born, we will die one day.
For many, death and dying seems years away and for some, they do not fear death and it could come tomorrow.
An idea I came up with is to raise awareness for the topics of death, dying, and end of life and a way to combines all my interests: create a race that combines walkers, runners/joggers, and cyclers. I am a cycler and once April is here, cycle right through October…walkers could even bring their dogs!
Thoughts? Participants would pay a fee or raise money to be used specifically for the goal of raising awareness about death and dying.
What does that mean? Resource information, training materials, books, checklists and the sharing of ideas along with education on the topic for professionals, students, older adults, families, caregivers, etc.
Julie and I just published a book on this very topic and we know there are many out there like us who support this topic.
‘Journey’s End” Death, Dying and the End of Life“, a book that has many perspectives in it from both lay people and professionals.
We attempt to describe real life issues and circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Useful training, resource, and reference material are also included. Death, dying, and end of life are topics many prefer to avoid. This book suggests that we benefit from having frank discussions, living life to the fullest, and planning for our own journey’s end, whenever that may be. Everyone who is born eventually will die, whether or not we want to embrace that fact.
Though few of us know when we will die, we and our family or friends can be well prepared. We can have discussions and create written directives for what we want if we are unable to verbally state them ourselves. Do we want life support? Do we want interventions that may or may not have any benefit to our quality of life if we are in the hospital or in an accident? Do we want to be involved in planning our funeral, memorial, or celebration of life?
The submissions within are from professionals in the field of death and bereavement support and from laypeople, all of whom share stories of dying family members, friends, clients, and patients. Julie and I, the coauthors of this book, also share stories from our personal and professional experiences.
‘Journey’s End’ is a broadly comprehensive book about death, dying, and the end of life.
If interested in participating or you have ideas about how to organize such an event, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am thinking next summer to give time for participants to train, but the goal is not a race, but awareness raising oriented.
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