Although Conversation Sabbath has ended this year, please feel free to use the form below and join the movement and register yourself or your congregation to pledge your participation throughout the year.
WHAT: The Conversation Project’s mission is to ensure that everyone’s wishes for end-of-life care are expressed and respected. Reaching out to people where they live, work, pray and gather, the nonprofit promotes having values led conversations about a topic that touches every human life: how we want to live at the end of our lives. Conversation Sabbath is a national invitation to clergy to preach or teach on the vital importance of having The Conversation. DecideWNY is the regional advance care planning effort to encourage people in WNY to start having these important conversations and we hope local clergy and congregations will participate in this initiative.
WHY: The faith community is a powerful voice for change. Clergy see too often how avoiding conversations about care preferences can leave family members in the dark. Confusion about a loved one’s wishes can result in strife at the bedside, increased grief and depression for caregivers, and can cause lasting damage in the relationships between families and loved ones. Engaging in these intimate and vital conversations can help preserve a person’s voice in the event they cannot speak for themselves in a medical crisis. And it is a gift to our loved ones to talk about what matters— sharing information and not leaving them in the dark. Talking about a topic that touches us all-the reality of our mortality—is a pathway to a mature spiritual practice.
WHEN: Conversation Sabbath is happening October 26-November 4, 2018. Celebrating over the course of two full weekends, it is designed to accommodate different religion’s calendars and practices.
WHO: We expect several local congregations to taking part in Conversation Sabbath, sharing each faith’s teachings on this critical topic and supporting congregants in having the conversation in familiar settings, and not during a medical crisis in the ICU.
HOW: Please register your organization participation below: