Advance Planning for End of Life: Tools for Faith & Health Conversations

Start Date: Thursday, January 9 2014
End Date: Thursday, January 9 2014
Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Course Overview:





Henry Ford Health System

Advance Planning for End of Life: Tools for Faith & Health Conversations

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

7am - 4pm

St. Regis Hotel


Many people associate advance directives with decisions made near the end of life. Ideally, these decisions should be made while a person is healthy. The unfortunate reality is that this is not the case. Research shows that 70% of people say they prefer to die at home, yet 70% die in a medical setting. Nearly 80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care, yet only 7% report having had an end-of-life conversation with their doctor. Patients have a right to take an active role in their own health care. Advance care planning affords patients the opportunity to exercise their right to make determinations regarding their medical care in advance in the event they become incapable of active participation in health care decisions. Communication among families, patients, faith leaders and healthcare providers can help ensure that individuals can face the end of their lives with dignity and with treatment that reflects the values by which they have lived.

It is important to underscore the need for cooperation and communication between religious communities and health care providers. Religious beliefs play a major role in the medical decisions that people make. A sizable majority of patients indicate that religious beliefs are likely to influence their medical decisions during serious illness, and are especially likely to affect end-of-life decisions. Physicians can often underestimate this influence. Including religious preferences as part of a patient's end of life planning could provide great insight into the rationale for patients and families decisions concerning end of life care. The goal of this conference is to help healthcare providers and clergy understand their role in the collaborative effort to support end of life planning. Concrete tools, toolkits and experiential stories will be introduced at the conference.



Upon completion of this CME activity participants will be able to:

 -Discuss basic end of life concepts: ie. hospice care, palliative care, resuscitation options.

-Discuss the experiences of clergy and healthcare professionals regarding End of Life planning through the continuum of care.

-Describe the End of Life planning process leading to the development of an Advanced Directive document.

-Assist clergy and healthcare providers to better understand their roles in the collaborative effort necessary to support patient's end of life decision making











Registration, Breakfast, Networking



Opening Reflection

Dr. Urias Beverly



Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom


Conversation Starters

Rev. James Kraft


Why Does it Matter?

Mary Voutt-Goos, RN


Keynote: The Medicalization of Death

Dr. John Dormois





Video: The Conversation Project: How Could I Be Ready?



Panel Discussion: Facilitating the Conversation

Facilitator: Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom


Panelists: Dr. Marwan Abouljoud, Imam Mustapha Steve Elturk, Dr. Gwendolyn Graddy-Dansby, Rev. Michael Meyer and Dr. Vanessa Robinson





Video: Evan Mayday's "Good Death"

Tara Nichols, RN


Panel Discussion: Facilitating a Good Death Experience

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. John Duckworth


Panelists: Dr. Alvin Bowles, Dr. Kristen Chasteen, Rabbi Bunni Freedman, Dr. Marla Rowe Gorosh, Fr. Luke Krotkiewicz and Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Nelson





Wrap Up

Dr. John Dormois


Tool Kit/Next Steps

Rev. Ameldia Brown, RN


Closing Reflection

Rabbi Dorit Edut



Henry Ford Health System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 



Henry Ford Health System designates this live course for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity



In Compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, all individuals in a position to control/influence the content of this activity are required to disclose relevant financial interests of their own or spouse or partners with any commercial interests and/or non-FDA approved use of a drug or a device that is included in the presentation.



Enhancing Communication Services for Deaf Hard-of-Hearing

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring that our patients and their companions who are deaf or hard-of-hearing have equal access to all the services provided at our facilities. As part of a settlement of an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint, Henry Ford is implementing new and additional processes to enhance our communication efforts with patients and their companions who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This includes providing at no cost to patients and their companions the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices. Each Henry Ford business unit will soon be assigned a designated program administrator to help ensure effective communication for patients and their companions. More details about these improvements are forthcoming. For information, call (313) 916-1896 or email

Venue: St. Regis Hotel 3071 West Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202
Professional Credit:
Credit Type Sponsor Credits
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) (TM) 7.25
Non-Physician Credit Hours 7.25