Course Description

IN PERSON: Many people say they want to die peacefully at home among their family and friends, but the health care system's default is to do everything possible to keep a patient alive. Thus, many people die in a hospital bed or in the intensive care unit. Those able to make their own decisions often do not have the knowledge they need to ensure they stay in control of their dying process. For those unable to make their own decisions, generic advance directives provide little guidance to surrogate decision makers and health care providers. This course will present information about options to help students ensure they have a peaceful death on their own terms. We will discuss medical aid in dying (legal in 10 states and Washington), terminal sedation, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, pain control and hospice. The instructor will cover several issues that need to be addressed in a comprehensive advance directive, including those specific to dementia. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 20.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
The End of Life: Options and Decisions
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
May 01, 2024 to May 22, 2024
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Classroom - In Person  
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Section Notes

Required reading:
Sherwin B. Nuland, "How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter" (9780679742449)

The recommended reading is an excellent source of information and will be referenced in the course.
Recommended reading:
Atul Gawande, "Being Mortal" (9781250076229)

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