Can We Talk?
Getting Real About the End of Life

Can We Talk?
Getting Real About the End of Life

A virtual presentation by Katy Butler, author of The Art of Dying Well and Knocking on Heaven’s Door

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Dying well starts with living well. You can thrive in later life, adapt successfully to change, get the best from our fragmented health care system, and make your own “good death” more likely. In a Nov. 18 virtual presentation, Katy Butler discussed The Art of Dying Well, her new handbook of step by step preparations — practical, communal, physical, and spiritual — all designed to help you make the most of your remaining time, be it months, years, or decades. She also discussed Knocking on Heaven’s Door, which explains ways to talk to your family about your wishes, and how to talk to a loved one who is dying.

Sharing her groundbreaking insights and inspiring true stories, this dynamic speaker offered ways to age in place successfully, to deepen your passions and community connections, to marshal a “tribe” to support you or a seriously ill friend, and to seize the power to make any death a sacred rite of passage rather than a medical event. Katy Butler shared ways to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, and age – and even die – with comfort, joy and meaning.

The presentation included discussion of the POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form, an approach to end-of-life planning based on conversations between patients, loved ones, and health care professionals designed to ensure that seriously ill or frail patients can choose the treatments they want or do not want and that their wishes are documented and honored.

This virtual presentation was made possible by a grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield awarded to 1889 Foundation in partnership with Conemaugh Health System.