Further information on Fall 2019 courses

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Kerry Hjelmgren: Dying Well – Discussions, Decisions, & Documents

 

Course text

The text for the course will be The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler (Scribner, 2019; ISBN 13: 978-1501135316), available for less than $20 online and at most bookstores, including Content Books.

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Schedule of classes (subject to modification)

Oct.  2     Death in our past

Introductions
What are you hoping to learn/accomplish from this class?  What are your fears about it?
Survey #1: self-rating of difficulty thinking about/discussing death and dying
Death and dying in the US over the last century
Group Discussion: how has your perspective been influenced?

Oct.  9     How we die

Medicalization of Death: Cure vs. Care
Film: Being Mortal
Group Discussion

Oct. 16   Discussing death and dying

What is Advance Care Planning?
The Importance of Conversation
The HELLO Game

Oct. 23   Making decisions for the future

The role of your Health Care Agent
Navigational tour of the health care directive

Oct. 30   Documenting your decisions

Clarify your personal wishes
Complete your health care directive
Next steps: Sharing your wishes with your family and physician
Survey #2: self-rating of difficulty thinking about/discussing death and dying
How has your perspective changed?