2825 East Barnett Road
Medford, OR 97504
March 13: Legacy of Words: Discerning your Life’s Meaning and Passing it Along to Your Loved Ones
Event Description:Speaker: Fred Grewe, chaplain, Providence Hospice Snacks hosted by Horton Plaza
A significant pain often experienced by terminal patients is the existential suffering caused by the loss of meaning as the body’s abilities decline. While this end-of-life struggle to discover meaning is a normal human experience, for expediency in contemporary hospital and hospice care, this existential struggle is often sedated pharmaceutically because contemporary medical practices do not have the resources to address this pain adequately. Current innovative psychological therapies have made great progress in addressing this pain but they are often begun too late in the end-of-life process and they ignore religion – which for many is a major component in the meaning making process.
The purpose of this presentation will be the introduction of an ethical will or a legacy of the soul to be added to end-of-life planning (in addition to such documents as Advance Directives and POLST’s) to help prepare folks for this inevitable struggle.