End of Life Preparedness Series: Death Is Inevitable
By William O. Gregg
We all know that death is inevitable. That does not mean we have prepared ourselves for this singular event at the end our life as we now know it. In the fifth session of St. Paul’s “End of Life Preparedness” series, I will engage participants in a presentation and conversation about how we can prepare our hearts, minds, and souls for death. Drawing from both theology and a spirituality of death. we shall explore the internal work of coming to terms with our mortality, of what it means to have more of our life behind us than ahead of us, and the internal work of preparing to die.
End of Life Preparedness Series
By The Right Reverend William O. Gregg, Ph.D.
Rector of St. Paul’s Church
Mon, Aug 10, 4-6pm
St. Paul’s Church
Donation 50 pesos
This work raises questions for us that are multi-layered: psychological (fear of the unknown), intellectual (What meaning does death have for me?), religious/spiritual (What do I believe about God, death, afterlife?), social/family (What conversations do I need/want to have with spouse/partner and family?), and practical (What sort of service do I want to have? Where do I want it to be? How do I plan it?).
Ultimately, this preparatory work is primarily the work of each person. Our death is not only inevitable, but also when and how it will occur is often completely unknown. Even when we know that we are dying, this final chapter of our life is a journey that does not simply have to “happen to us.” This fifth session will look at some of the deep content of dying and the possibilities of living through it well.
I will give a presentation and then open the floor for questions and discussion. As an ecumenical and inter-faith event, we shall have time to listen carefully to different perspectives, understandings, and practices around dying and death. The session will end by walking through one template for planning your funeral or memorial service. The template will give each person a guide that is highly adaptable for individuals to plan the service while also having an important conversation.
The six-week program is open to the public, and a recommended donation of 50 pesos per person per session is appreciated. These funds will serve people needing assistance with end of life issues or bereavement through a designated discretionary fund managed by me through St. Paul’s Anglican Church/Iglesia San Pablo.