March 29, 2024

Courageous Conversations About Death and Dying

Many people avoid discussing death and dying. Yet it remains a crucial conversation to have with loved ones and those close to us. 

Granite VNA, in partnership with Taylor Community, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community in Laconia, will host “Courageous Conversations,” a program about death and dying on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodside Building at Taylor Community.

Nurse practitioner and end-of-life expert Patricia O’Connor, APRN, MSN, author of “Navigating Life’s Final Journey,” will lead the group discussion of this sensitive topic.

“Although daunting to many, end-of-life conversations are incredibly important for people of all ages,” said Jennifer Brechtel, CHES, Director of Community Health at Granite VNA. “There is no right or wrong way to talk about death, but by sharing our fears, hopes and wishes with each other, we can bring ourselves an immense amount of comfort and clarity. Embracing these conversations not only prepares us for the inevitable but also reaffirms our values and priorities.”

During the program, O’Connor will share her knowledge and experiences supporting families through difficult yet important conversations, gained from her work on the palliative care team at Concord Hospital and her role as head nurse at Connecticut Hospice.

“Courageous Conversations” is free of charge and open to the public, but space is limited, and pre-registration is required. To register, click here.