BRIDGING THE DIVIDE:
2023 End-of-Life Virtual Conference Series
For more than two decades we have been providing end-of-life education in southern Arizona. Over the last three years, thousands of people from across the nation and around the globe have participated in our virtual education series.
This year we invite you to join us as we traverse the mortality terrain through our supportive and challenging discussions, films, presentations, and games. All are welcome to this free series of events.
All sessions are free of charge. Join us now!
Dying in America: Care Options Near the End of Life January 19th, 2023 | 6-7:30pm (MST)
Due to the remarkable advances in medical care, we are living longer. But aging is commonly accompanied by illness, and people are living with slowly progressive serious illness. Unfortunately, many are unprepared for the final stages of life. Relatively few have had in-depth discussions with their physicians about their prognosis and goals of care. We must encourage far better end-of-life care to include early palliative care referrals; facilitation of end-of-life care conversations between patients, their families, and healthcare providers; completion of advance care directives; discussions and documentation of patients’ wishes, goals and values; and a meaningful shared decision-making process which includes a discussion of the end-of-life care options available.
Presented by: Dr. Tom Fitch & Mary Ganapol
Unburying My Father Thursday, February 16th, 2023 | 6-7:30pm (MST)
Zander's talk is a deep dive into his process of exploring grief through creativity. He shares intimate details of his father Randy's life as a friend, son, parent, husband, and photographer, as told by the people who knew him best. Zander discusses the impact that his father’s silence surrounding his illness had on him, his trauma around losing one parent, and his struggle to connect with the other. The talk features Randy's stunning photography and audio recordings of the people that knew and loved him. Zander takes viewers through the creative processes of collecting, writing, and grieving, with the goal of helping others to find ways of sharing their own grief stories. Audience members always leave with a sense of openness, connection, and permission to be vulnerable.
Presented by: Zander Masser