’Planning Last Things’ workshop on May 18

Ann Cousineau

Moving toward retirement years is a time for looking ahead and tending to details of life. Wading through sometimes-tangled issues involved in putting one’s affairs in order will be the focus of the “Planning Last Things Workshop,” on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cross-roads Community Church.

The IWV Ministerial Associ-ation, Holland and Lyons Mortuary and Crossroads Community Church sponsor the event. Representatives from local businesses and government agencies will provide information on resources available.

“Finishing well does not just happen, it takes planning and wisdom for everyone involved. I am excited about the potential of this seminar,” said Bill Corley, senior pastor of Crossroads Community Church. “This workshop offers the perfect opportunity to parents and their adult children, siblings or grandchildren to come to and work through this life transition together. It can be one of the last gifts parents give their kids. It’s important to have ‘the talk.’”

Corley has first-hand experience with the impact of lives ending with and without advance planning. “My mother was very prepared, but my brother was not. I found myself in the hospital trying to decide what his desires might have been. As a pastor, I’m also often involved with families facing end-of-life issues of loved ones who are sometimes not conscious,” he said.

Participants will be given portfolios with checklists and other key information for addressing needs to be taken care of in the process of planning for end of life. There will be at least eight speakers on topics that include estate planning of wills and living trusts; death, health and long-term-care insurance; critical- care doctors’ orders on resusitation and the hospice care option; burial and memorial arrangements; assisted-living options; power of attorney, and planning a memorial service.

RSVPs are requested to 760-384-3333. Lunch will be provided and child care is available.

Story First Published: 2013-05-01