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Getting Your House in Order – Preparing for the End of Life

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Getting Your House in Order:
Preparing for the End of Life

We are offering a low-cost, three-part educational series on crucial steps involved in planning for the end of life. It’s something we all will face. But too often, we avoid thinking about it, let alone doing any practical planning.

First Church is offering this series of programs to help you begin to take small first steps. These sessions will help you consider your options and start to work on a reasonable plan.

The series is sponsored by our Heritage Society Workgroup. All sessions will be held at the church. The cost is just $15 for the entire series (that’s $5 per session)! Register at the Heritage Society table during Coffee Hour on October 14 and 21.

Or register now online. Just fill out the form below [form to come]!

Childcare will be provided with advance notice.

Session 1: “How do You Wish to Die?”

Thursday, November 1
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Brett Twente, M.D.

Do yourself and your loved ones a favor by making your wishes known. Issues related to advance directives such as “Living Wills” and “Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care” will be discussed. Dr. Twente will also discuss how to deal with planning for medical issues, such as those involving care transition and hospice.

Dr. Twente practices Internal Medicine as a physician at a Ascension-Columbia St. Mary’s clinic on North and Prospect and at Luther Manor Nursing Home. He has been a member of First Church for eight years.

Session 2: “Legal Issues When Facing Mortality”

Thursday, November 8
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer, Attorney

If you do not make your own will and estate plans, you can be assured the state will make them for you at the time of your death. This session will help clarify a variety of legal and financial issues related to wills, estate planning, and financial power-of-attorney.

Attorney Elizabeth Ruthmansdorfer is a 2003 graduate of Marquette University Law School and a shareholder at Moertl, Wilkins and Campbell, S.C.

She specializes in the practice of lifetime and estate planning, which includes wills, trusts, special needs trusts, probate and trust administration, tax planning and preparation.

Session 3: “Spiritual Aspects of Preparing for Death”

Thursday, November 15
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Presenter: Rev. Dena McPhetres

By considering now how you wish your death to be handled, you can assert a degree of control over your destiny and help those who survive you navigate through a difficult time. In this session we will discuss such issues as how you might talk to family about your wishes, disposition of your body, and considerations in planning for a funeral or memorial service.

The Rev. Dena McPhetres is a life-long Unitarian Universalist. She was ordained in 1997 and has served as our Associate Minister at First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee for nine years.

November 8, 2018

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee
1342 N Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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