GROTON -- Are you satisfied with the plans you have made? Would you like to learn about other choices? Come to this introductory presentation Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Groton Public Library, to learn about making informed decisions.
Joanna Lillian Brown, author of "Caring for dying loved ones: A helpful guide for families and friends," will speak about:
* caregiving roles, from primary caregiver to helping from a distance
* understanding your own needs and those of your loved one
* the importance of advocacy: standing up for what your loved one wants when it matters most.
Peg Lorenz, home funeral guide and educator, will speak about:
* the transforming moments that families often experience
* the personal and intimate atmosphere of home wakes/funerals
* the legalities and logistical details.
Joanna Lillian Brown learned first-hand about caregiving as the primary caregiver of her 97-year-old grandmother in 1991. Her book, published by Levellers Press in June 2010, is based on her in-depth experience caring for 10 relatives and friends since then, plus interviews with families, medical professionals, lawyers and clergy.
Joanna has been a featured speaker at libraries, community and senior centers, and colleges. She also offers consulting to individuals and organizations.
Peg Lorenz is a home funeral guide, educator and founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice
She has a certificate in End-of-Life Care from the University of Southern Maine and has completed the training taught by Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, a resource center for home funeral care.
She is a member of the Threshold Choir, a volunteer group that sings at bedsides of dying people.