Planning Ahead: One Church's Journey to Normalizing Conversations about What Matters Most in Life, Death, and Dying
Be prepared & commit for the long haul: Give people space for processing, stay at it, and in time seeds will bear fruit.
•Frame end-of-life terminology and messaging to what will resonate with your community.
• Encourage conversations that match what matters most to your community’s culture, family, and beliefs.
• Appeal to both the personal and various professional needs congregants bring to the table.
• Enlist a passionate leader to facilitate and lead this process.
• Set a goal, track and evaluate progress and adapt programming.
• Test new ideas to see what resonates.
• Empower participants to direct the path through active learning and evaluation of feedback/ideas.
•Leverage the advice of others already doing this, partnering with likeminded groups for support.
•Emphasize the importance of taking a leap of faith, introducing this work with courage and confidence and testing ideas to see what works.
Family and social support
Quality of care
System change: Faith community transformation
Interpersonal (between people)
Infancy Birth to 1
Early childhood 0-5
Junior youth 13-15
Older adults 65+
Older adults 65-74
Older adults 75-85