Dear Immanuel members and friends,
Our Wednesday evening Lenten Soup Suppers this year focused on "Our Faith Questions" -- questions Immanuel members and friends shared with the ministers at the beginning of the new year.
In response to your questions about the life-and-death decisions that can unexpectedly confront us in the hospital, the Rev. Traci Houts, a hospital chaplain, Presbyterian minister, and Manager of Spiritual Care for Ascension Wisconsin, joined us on March 4 to help us explore this topic. Over fifty people attended!
In her opening remarks that evening, Chaplain Houts acknowledged that this season of
Lent and Easter is a particularly meaningful time to explore important life and death questions, even if they can be
uncomfortable. In this Easter week, as we celebrate new life in the midst of death, we are also all surrounded by the difficult daily news of a worldwide health crisis that is bringing the realities and fears of death and dying to us in new ways.
The Immanuel ministers want to commend this important life and death conversation to you again.
Take some time to consider what your wishes are now for the end of your life.
Consider not only your Last Will and Testament but also your Living Will (describes what your wishes are for the kind of care you'd like to receive) and Healthcare Power of Attorney (appoints an agent to make decisions about that care if you are not able). Consider putting together a binder or notebook that includes these advanced directive documents and any other details about your wishes. You might also want to include funeral planning information.
Here are some helpful links:
Please don't hesitate to reach out to one of us, if we can be helpful as you consider these things. W
e are available to listen and to offer prayer and consolation as we all navigate this time together. If you or a loved one is sick or worried, please be in touch.
We remain grateful for the promise that is central to our experession of shared faith at Immanuel, that
"In life and in death, we belong to God."