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603 | Ending Well: Facilitating End-of-Life Decisions and Conversations for Dignity and Legacy

Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, Pandemic and Disaster Recovery, Saturday 9/16 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Kimberly Best, RN, M.A.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Numerous necessary decisions regarding aging, illness, and end-of-life issues must be addressed. Still, many people evade the topic entirely, while others simply do not have the tools or knowledge to plan effectively. This leaves families and loved ones with the weight of making decisions that are literally life and death and opens the door to regret, guilt, and conflict. Licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders can play a vital role in facilitating these critical conversations and decision-making. This session will walk participants through necessary discussions regarding legal decisions, healthcare plans, relationships, the celebration of life planning, and leaving their stories as their legacy. This session will also provide participants with actionable mediation techniques to facilitate those conversations between clients and loved ones. As an exercise, participants will be asked to consider their own desires for ending life well and leaving their legacy.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the legal, medical, and other preparations needed for planning a more peaceful transition to the end of life and be able to discuss those effectively
2. Develop tools to write, plan, and share their own end-of-life wishes and guide clients or loved ones through the process of ensuring that their end-of-life wishes are met
3. Apply an outline of what they hope their own end-of-life wishes may entail and describe what story they want as their legacy
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