Reflect on Values & Beliefs
Reflect and talk with others
Everyone is different. We each have values, beliefs and life experiences that impact the way we make our health care decisions. Explore the information below to reflect on your faith & spirituality, values, family traditions and cultural norms. Talk with family, friends, clergy and others important to you.
Starting the Conversation
Start a thoughtful conversation about end of life care with family members and care providers, using the downloadable Conversation Starter Tool-kits.
Ellen Goodman, Co-Founder and Director of The Conversation Project
Deepening the Way For Care For Each Other
Wellesley Village Church, an Honoring Choices Community Partner, hosted a two hour workshop for its members to learn about health care planning and talk in small groups to explore topics and help each other on their personal journey. Associate Pastor Liz Garrigan-Byerly talks about the experience and how it “opened up and deepened the way that we care for each other.”
Liz Garrigan-Byerly, Associate Pastor, Wellesley Village Church
The Greatest Gift: To be Comfortable and at Peace
A Conversation with Rabbi Carol Mitchell, Hospice Chaplain
Rabbi Carol Mitchell shares her thoughts on the role of a hospice chaplain, and how a chaplain can offer a unique kind of support to an individual and his/her family at the end of life. Read her informational and heart-warming interview on honoring the multi-cultural and multi-religious traditions and values of every adult at the end of life.
Rabbi Carol Mitchell, Hospice Chaplain, Compassionate Care Hospice
Making Choices in Partnership with Your Faith
Rev. Sara Irwin talks about how the church can have a significant impact in educating and supporting their members, empowering adults and families to explore choices in partnership with their faith.
Rev. Sara Irwin, Christ Church Episcopal, Waltham
If You Care, You Prepare
Talking with your family and loved ones about health care planning is an act of real love.
Rev. Dr. Philip Joseph Mayher, Pastor and Teacher
Judaism and Health Care Planning
Talking with your rabbi can be very helpful when making health care and end of life care decisions, especially well in advance of a medical crisis.
Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler, spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Sharon
Thoughts on Bereavement: Acknowledging the Love and the Loss
Rev. Dr. Philip Joseph Mayher, The Congregational Church of Weston United Church of Christ