Learn about the importance of having a directive to let others know about your spiritual wishes at the end of life, even if you are not religious or spiritual.
My guest Rhonda LoPresti is an end-of-life coach, home funeral guide and longtime practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. She has created a Spiritual Care Directive for Buddhists and also a Universal Spiritual Care Directive to guide people in expressing their spiritual wishes at the end of life. Rhonda offers a 9-week course called “Writing Your Spiritual Care Directive–A Buddhist Plan for the Time of Dying” and she shares why it’s important to plan ahead for our spiritual care at life’s end. Learn more at her website:
This episode includes:
- How Rhonda became interested in working as an end-of-life coach and home funeral guide
- What is a Spiritual Care Directive and why is it important
- Why people who do not consider themselves religious or spiritual still need to consider their spiritual wishes at the end of life
- Components of a spiritual care directive (for Buddhists and non-Buddhists)
- Why a spiritual advocate is helpful at the end of life
- Why some people may prefer not to be touched during the active dying process
- What a “goodbye ceremony” might consist of
- Why create a “spiritual will”
Planning is an act of kindness.”Rhonda LoPresti
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