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  • 5501 Main Street
  • Houston, TX, 77004
  • United States

“That Won’t Happen in My Family!”

This is the opening sentence in a book by Jo Myers, titled Good to Go. As she writes so well, dying is almost always a family matter. Many a family, including Ms. Myers’, has been shattered during the journey of a loved one’s death.

We here at St. Paul’s trust that God has a better way.

WHEN AND WHERE:

On Sunday, April 17, from 12:15 to 3 p.m. in the Fellers Room (S-312), the St. Paul’s Foundation and Congregational Care team will co-sponsor a workshop to address how to start a family conversation about the many crucial decisions surrounding death, enabling each family member to voice personal wishes concerning these decisions.

WHO IS INVITED:

All family members seeking help to ensure that their family comes through losses of loved ones strengthened rather than estranged.

RESOURCES:

A panel of individuals qualified through professional expertise and/or personal experience will provide guidance to spiritual, medical, legal, and housing questions that arise out of these conversations.A panel of individuals qualified through professional expertise and/or personal experience will provide guidance to spiritual, medical, legal, and housing questions that arise out of these conversations.

Panelists will be Tonya Knauth, attorney; Robert Kidd, Director of Spiritual Care and Education at Houston Methodist, Richard Spaw, chair of St. Paul’s Congregational Care team with much life experience in choosing appropriate care for aging family members; and Dr. Bill Gandini, St. Paul's minister for Congregational Care and Senior Adults. Moderator will be Rev. Rick Goodrich, Executive Director of St. Paul's Foundation.

Each family attending will receive a Planning Guide for End-of-Life Issues. It provides material designed to continue the conversation begun during this workshop. Appendices include Living Will: Directive to Physicians and Family, Medical Power of Attorney, Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, and HIPAA Authorization Form.

Please make reservations for the workshop, using the form below.

For other information about the workshop or end-of-life planning concerns, contact Dr. Bill Gandin, Minister for Congregational Care and Senior Adults, via bgandin@stpaulshouston.org, or Rev. Rick Goodrich, Executive Director of St. Paul's Methodist Foundation of Houston, via rgoodrich@stpaulshouston.org, or their assistant Megan Davenport via megan@stpaulshouston.org. Or call any of them at 713-528-0527.

RESERVATIONS:

The workshop and planning guide are free or charge. Lunch will be provided and childcare will be available. Reservations are appreciated to enable properly accommodation. To RSVP for the workshop, please use this form or call the church at 713-528-0527.