Advance Directives — Pamphlet to Download

Q: How might the Quaker Testimonies of Stewardship, Simplicity, Integrity and Peace inform my decisions in completing my Advance Directives?

Would a Clearness process be helpful to my discernment?

If you are 18 and over and wish to have a say about what may happen to you if you become unable to speak for yourself, you need Advance Directives. Advance Directives include a Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Power of Attorney, and a will. Towards the end of life, one needs a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR), and some states may have other forms as well. This pamphlet provides information about Advance Directives and lists resources for finding forms or more information.

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Grief — Pamphlet to Download

While grief manifests itself in a variety of ways , it is a universal experience. This tool provides some basic information, suggestions for when to refer to professional help, and a list of resources that may be helpful to people who are grieving or those supporting them.

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End of Life Decision Making and Quaker Testimonies — Pamphlet to Download

This pamphlet discusses decisions regarding the end of our lives that we all should make but often find difficult to face, through the lens of Friends Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. Anita Paul, ARCH Program Coordinator who has worked with families, individuals and Meetings on end-of-life issues and planning, also selected several resources which would be useful addition to Meeting’s libraries or discussion groups.

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Green Burial and Other Options — Pamphlet to Download

Q: Am I mindful that my human interaction with nature be responsible, guided by a reverence for life and the splendor of God’s continuing creation?
 PYM Faith and Practice, 2002

There are a number of environmentally responsible ways one’s body can be handled after death. This pamphlet reviews some of those options and includes a book and website list for further information. Meetings may wish to discuss such practices for the Burial Grounds in their care, as well as for individual planning.

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Hospice Care — Pamphlet to Download

“There is that near you which will guide you. O wait for it and be sure you keep to it.”  Isaac Pennington, 1678

Hospice is an extremely useful service for a person who may be near the end of life and his or her family. Barbara Spring, NYYM ARCH program Coordinator, shares her personal experience with hospice care for her mother, and provides basic information about hospice and what it can provide. A reading list and websites reviewed by Barbara are suggested as further resources.

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