The Last Things We Talk About gives readers and their loved ones the opportunity as death approaches to affirm, celebrate, and remember the people and experiences they cherish in life.
The author guides readers step-by-step through the process of making aging and death-related decisions. This includes defining personal values and wishes as well as planning for practical medical, financial, and legal considerations.
This book will help readers:
- Identify the people, experiences, and things that are important to them and help define and celebrate what gives life meaning and purpose
- Discover and define their goals and wishes regarding transitions, support, and the legacy they wish to leave behind
- Understand important topics such as legal, financial, and medical documents, the continuum of care, and end-of-life decisions
- Find professionals to help them put together inventories for financial, legal, and practical matters
- Explore options and plan for culturally and spiritually sensitive end-of-life rituals and celebrations
- Learn what needs to be done after death and how survivors can begin to piece their lives back together
About the Author
Elizabeth Boatwright, DMin, BCC-PCHAC, CFP® is a Relief Chaplain in Oncology Outpatient Palliative Care Medicine at Stanford Health Care. She has over 25 years in ministry experience serving diverse cultures along with extensive work in the arts and financial planning.
"Excellent in every way; recommended for all libraries, and readers facing end-of-life challenges." —Deborah Bigelow, Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Kudos to Boatwright for making the overwhelming experience for the end of life process manageable." —Kim Engelmann, MDiv., DMin., Board Certified Chaplain SCA, Provisional Board Certified Chaplain APC
"A stunning resource that will become indispensable to individuals, institutions, health-care professionals and religious bodies." —Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor
"I would recommend this book both for pre-planning and 'what do we do now?' situations." —Robyn Ledwith Mar, author of Grief Recovery: A Workbook for Widows and Widowers
"This book will put you miles ahead of most people, and in a position to call your own shots, leaving a legacy of care, love, and meaning for your loved ones — and for you.” —Peter W. Johnson, Jr., Wealth Manager
"Thank you for this wake up call." —David M. Gilfoil, Ph.D. VP, Strategic Planning & Professor of Business, DeSales University
"Thank you Dr. Rev. Boatwright for writing such a deeply provoking, thoughtful book." —Mary A, Librarian, NetGalley
"I love how this book also talks about the importance of living life and living with no regrets because despite all you have to plan for death, it's even more important to enjoy life now." —Meghan S, Librarian, NetGalley
"As a millennial caring for her aging parents, I really appreciate this book." —Anastasia A, NetGalley