Sun, Nov 29|
Hospice Care & End of Life Choices
Are you interested in discovering what end of life choices you have? Join us as we tackle these tough questions with those diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer through MBC.
Time & Location
Nov 29, 2020, 4:00 PM EST
About the event
Palliative versus Hospice care, Part II, and End of life choices, featuring staff and volunteers from Compassion & Choices, Near and A Necessary Conversation. Are you interested in discovering what end of life choices you have? Do you want to be knowledgeable before having to make any decisions? This webinar will build on topics from Part I and delve into the legal and moral issues that must be understood and addressed when making end of life choices.
Series is in partnership with Abigail Johnston and Alyson Tischler, founders of MBC Grieving Together
Dee Dee Turpin A Necessary Conversation is an endeavor to offer an alternative approach to those yearning to experience End of Life matters, in a spiritually-rooted state of being. The relationships we cultivate between living, dying, death and bereavement will deeply influence our reactions and responses to life and death situations. As a child, I was always curious about death and dying....but I quickly learned that these subjects matters are rarely discussed in our society. So, I did what most of us do: I avoided any kind of self-awareness around these topics for many, many years.
Like many people, I have encountered different circumstances of death (children, young adults, accidents, sickness and murder). The more death I experienced, the more uncomfortable I became with how I was processing End of Life situations. Never once did it occur to me, that I could change how I spiritually responded to death, dying and grief.
Christy Knutson's work within end of life care first began in 2006 where she managed programs and communications for an organization serving cancer patients, many through end of life.
She has spent her career in marketing and communications helping bring meaningful ideas to life. This work is deeply personal for Christy, who as a teenager was a primary caregiver for her grandmother living with Alzheimer’s and later, at the age of 22, lost her person to cancer.
She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, three young children, and three cats.
Matt Whitaker, MTS MT-BCIn his role as National Director of Integrated Programs at Compassion & Choices Matt Whitaker works to support medical education, end of life planning and client services nationwide. Over the course of his 6 years at Compassion & Choices he has taken on various roles including time as the State Director for California and Oregon as they launched campaigns to increase access to end of life choice. Matt has spoken at numerous conferences on bioethics and person-centered care across the country and testified as an expert resource on end of life choice to numerous state agencies and legislative committees.Matt holds a Masters in Theological Studies with emphasis in Integrative Theology from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, a speciality certificate in Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplaincy and is a Board Certified Music Therapist.Aside from his duties at Compassion & Choices Matt also sits on the board of the Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement support where he serves as the membership chair. Matt lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter where he spends his free-time playing music, trail running and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.