Presbyterians set ‘End of Life’ seminar Sept. 30

Published 11:17 pm Friday, September 7, 2012

While there truly is no way to prepare one for the loss of a loved one, one local church is offering a seminar to help area residents.

The seminar will be held at Andalusia’s First Presbyterian Church on Sun., Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., said the Rev. Dale Sallans.

Five different disciplines will be represented – an attorney, a funeral director, a medical doctor, a hospice worker and the clergy. Sallans said each discipline will give a presentation relating to their area with the floor being opened for questions after each presentation. There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required.

“Whether the death is sudden and unexpected or the result of a lingering illness, there are many areas in which you can be prepared,” he said. “The questions are many. Do I need a will?  How can I be assured my medical wishes are honored?

“When is hospice an option and what does hospice cover?” he said. “What will happen medically? What is a DNR? What about organ donation?  What do I need to do at the funeral home? Is cremation an option? How can I deal with the grief? What information will the member of the clergy need?  These questions don’t even begin to scratch the surface.

“After the passing of a loved one, when you are least able to think clearly, you will have many important decisions to make,” he said. “Wouldn’t it be good to have input from the perspective of an attorney, medical doctor, hospice, funeral director and the clergy and pre-plan whenever you can? This is what this meeting is about.”

Sallans said attendees of the “End of Life” seminar will have an opportunity to ask questions after each presentation.