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.

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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.

Read and download more about the Conversation Starter Kit.

Also read and download "How To Talk To Your Doctor”; and,

Pediatric Starter Kit: Having The Conversation with Your Seriously Ill Child

Ellen Goodman, Co-Founder and Director of The Conversation Project

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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

Rabbi Carol Mitchell

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.

Download and read "The Greatest Gift: To be Comfortable and at Peace"

Rabbi Carol Mitchell, Hospice Chaplain, Compassionate Care Hospice

 

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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

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If You Care, You Prepare

Talking with your family and loved ones about health care planning is an act of real love.

Download and read "If You Care, You Prepare"

Rev. Dr. Philip Joseph Mayher, Pastor and Teacher

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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.

Download and read "Judaism and Health Care Planning"

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler, spiritual leader of Temple Sinai of Sharon

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Health Care Planning Conversations in Our Faith Communities

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The Rev. Laura E. Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches

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Thoughts on Bereavement: Acknowledging the Love and the Loss

Rev. Dr. Philip Joseph Mayher, The Congregational Church of Weston United Church of Christ