Facing Fears, Finding Grace

Facing Fears, Finding Grace is a symposium on end-of-life issues that I have organized for this weekend.

The speakers include a lawyer, a funeral director, a bereavement counselor, the manager of a hospice facility, and me, the coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home. The topics of discussion will include spiritual matters, ritual practices, bereavement, practical considerations, and finding meaning in routine matters.

We plan to explore what is entailed in writing a will, arranging for hospice care, planning a funeral, and understanding the process of bereavement.

Conversations about the end of life can be uncomfortable, even difficult. But making decisions now can help to support us and nurture us, help us focus on what is of great import and what is not.

We want to approach these important issues in a way that comforts us, challenges us, and is meaningful for us. We hope that what we take away from this event will help us – in the words of people I follow on Twitter – to age abundantly and gracefully.

≈Linda Hetzer is an editor and author of books on home designcrafts, and food, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.

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