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Planning, conversations and decisions regarding end of life issues are, understandably, uncomfortable for many people to undertake.  But the consequences of not addressing these issues--instead leaving them to others to deal with when we are incapacitated by illness, or after we are gone--place an undue burden on spouses, partners, and children.  We can spare our loved ones that burden by discussing and documenting, while we are still vibrant and healthy, our wishes regarding medical treatment, burial preferences, financial matters, and other concerns. 

California maintains an Advance Directive Registry. By filing your advance directive with the registry, your health care provider and loved ones may be able to find a copy of your directive in the event you are unable to provide one. You can read more about the registry, including instructions on how to file your advance directive here.

Temple Emanuel is developing programs to help congregants tackle these sensitive issues. In addition, some tools already exist to help you get started.

Websites:

The Conversation Project

National Institute on Aging

Hospice Foundation of America 

Articles:

The Ethical Will

What You Should Tell Your Heirs While You're Around: The case for spelling out inheritance plans before you're gone

End of Life Conversation with your Medical Care Providers

Five Wishes

Books:

So That Your Values Live On:  Ethical Wills and How to Prepare Them by Rabbi Jack Riemer and Professor Nathaniel Stampfer

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande  

Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 
Wednesday, June 8, 2017


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In the News

Next Avenue: Rabbi Laura Geller Talks About Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills’ Role In Inventing Rituals Related To Retirement

ReformJudaism.org: Be a Place Where God Is — Davar Acher by Rabbi Laura Geller

Jewish Journal: Rabbi Laura Geller’s Comforting Word’s Echoed Through Irina Bragin’s Mind, “She Wants to Die with Her Boots On,” As She Sat By Esther Lowy’s Side

Jewish Journal Rabbi Laura Geller Featured In “The 613,” One of the Must-Have Books For Book Lovers This Hanukkah

Rabbi Laura Geller Speaks About How Temple Emanuel Will Remember & Honor First Woman Rabbi, Regina Jonas This October

Jewish Journal: Young Girl Reconnects with Judaism at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Jewish Journal: Rabbi Laura Geller’s Memorable Yom Kippur Kol Nidre 2015/5776 Sermon Return, Reboot, Reload

The Girl with Purple Hair: Temple Emanuel Congregant Shares Her Moving High Holy Day Experience: Reboot, Restart, Reconnect, Rediscover

Santa Monica Mirror: From Strength to Strength, Rabbi Laura Geller Talks New Beginnings and Second Chances As the New Year Approaches  

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Receives Cutting Edge Grant for “The Synagogue Village” From the The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

340 American Rabbis Who Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Cedars-Sinai Partners with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills to Help People Better Plan for Their Futures

Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Gets Creative In Helping Members Understand New Life Stages

Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills Provides A Promising Approach to Post-Midlife Passage

Temple Emanuel Hosts Straight Talk About End-of-Life Decisions

Rabbi Laura Geller Attends Retirement Luncheon Honoring Richard Siegel, Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

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Relevant Links

Encore.org
Building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world

Boomeranggiving.org
Learn how to give back and boomerang your discounts

UCLA Longevity Center
Enhancing and extending productive and healthy life through preeminent research, education and community outreach