The Keynote event of the Best Possible Death series:
Sunday October 27th at 2:00 in the Sanctuary
Kimberly Paul is a nationally recognized advocate for more intentional life care and planning. Kimberly is known for her book, Bridging The Gap: Life Lessons from the Dying, as well as her TED Talk on the subject. Kimberly travels far and wide with her German Shepherd, Haven, on an adventure she calls the “Live Well Die Well Tour”.
In the first hour of this event, Kimberly will address key questions related to the end of life. Has America monetized death? And when did death become a medical event?
This presentation will provide an overview of how to reclaim our end of life from the medical community. In several studies, it is stated that 80% of individuals wish to die at home with loved ones surrounding them; yet, only 20% do so. Why is that? Throughout history, it is proven that when individuals are facing imminent death, they desire to connect with those who they love most and say goodbye. The first step to solving a problem is recognizing it. This presentation will empower the community to reclaim their role within their own end of life and creating experiences reflecting their lives and desires.
- To examine why America spends 7 times more money during the last 6 months of an individual’s life compared to other countries.
- To review the growing end of life services baby boomers are demanding at the end of life.
- How to become one’s own advocate throughout the medical atmosphere?
- Why is America so resistant to the idea that each of us will die one today? Why don’t we prepare for it?
- How can the individual change their relationship with death?
In the second hour, Kimberly will moderate a panel of professionals engaged with improving end-of-life care, in which attendees will be encouraged to ask questions.
Kimberly will follow up this event the following night, Monday, October 28th at 7:30, with a workshop called Nuts & Bolts: Planning Well for End of Life.
This event will be held at First Parish Unitarian Universalist 23 Dedham Avenue, Needham, MA 02492. For more information on First Parish Needham, please visit www.uuneedham.org.