AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR LIFE? AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DEATH?
These are unsettling questions. How much are we responsible for others in this complex world? It depends in part on your relationship with another person. If you are a relative, spouse or committed partner, you may well be responsible for the life and death of your loved one, but only when the necessary legally binding documents are in place.
If someone you love has not created an "Advanced Medical Directive" and designated you as a medical proxy making you responsible, then you are not allowed to make choices about how their life will play out. Healthcare workers who know little about what that person's wishes are will make decisions "in their behalf". This is troublesome and all too common.
Creating legal documents which describe how you can help with end of life care will allow you to be responsible for easing the end of life of a loved one without interference. You can learn about those in the Seminar "Having Your Voice to the End of Your Life," which begins on April 2 at 7:00 PM and continues for 4 weeks at the First Unitarian Church.
The Seminar will help you or someone you care about to develop the documents to make responsible decisions for the end of life.
Visit our Adult Classes webpage to read more about the seminar. If you are interested in taking the class, please register online here or call the church office at 215-563-3980 (ext. 301). Registration is limited to 12 spaces, and the class is filling up fast!