Working Together to Improve the End-of-Life Experience in Our Community

Our Mission

The Westchester End-of-Life Coalition is made up of people who live and work in Westchester County, NY. The Coalition seeks to expand awareness of the importance of end-of-life issues and informs professionals and the public about available services. As a community-based coalition we draw on local resources to support those at the end of life, their families and their caregivers.

We envision and work toward a community where all those with life-limiting conditions are able to die with dignity, at peace, pain-free, in a place and manner of their choosing—a community where the dying and their families receive excellent and compassionate timely care and support. ...MORE ABOUT US...

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WELC’s Bronxville Adult Courses – Fall 2014

I’m Not Afraid of Death:
I Just Don’t Want To Be There When It Happens

                                                                –Woody Allen

A series of thought provoking and informative workshops that will take a sensitive but not somber approach to planning for what we would at times prefer not to think about.

If this is your or your family members’ attitude, this workshop is for you. Learn how to communicate with your spouse, your parents, or your adult children about your end of life wishes – and theirs. How can you be sure you get the treatments you wish (and don’t get the treatments you don’t want)?  Mostly it’s knowing how to “talk about it” – with family and physicians. You will get tips and take-home material to get the conversations started – and going – with plenty of love and laughter!

Two certainties in life. We spend a lot of time worrying about taxes. How about spending a little time planning and preparing for the other inevitable event – and the time leading up to it? Having the basics in order is a great gift to your family. Do they know where to find your important documents if you suddenly became unconscious or died (where are those tax returns?) Have you shared your wishes regarding a funeral service? What do you want to do with your pets? This workshop will give you the resources and tools needed to get all the pieces organized in a simple and practical way.
Materials included.

Session Information:

Course ID:  LDF06B
…Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Monday, October 6, 2014
7:00 – 8:45 pm
BHS Room B-102

Course ID: LDF06C
…And Taxes
Monday, November 3, 2014
7:00 – 8:45 pm
BHS Room B-102

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News and Narratives of Interest – Summer 2014

When my 85-year old father took himself off dialysis and decided his multiple advanced terminal illnesses were sending him a message, his elite teaching hospital sent us to a large hospice organization in the region. Almost immediately we realized we were getting stock answers to our questions, and began to question whether our father, and our family, would get personalized care. We contacted a smaller hospice organization that saw us through the weeks ahead with compassion and care.

A recent “New Old Age” blog by Paula Span reminded me of a difficult question many of us have to face—and provided some guidance, if not quite answers. “How to Choose a Hospice” is the question at hand; and interviewee Naomi Naierman, founding president and CEO of the American Hospice Foundation (closing for lack of funding), has some important suggestions. Families and patients should know that in most localities there is a choice among hospices. Hospice care is no longer always delivered by local non-profit organizations: More often hospices are run by large for profit corporations—and not all hospices put the patient and family before the bottom line. This interview with Naierman offers great questions to ask of hospices and even more are included in Naierman’s guide, “Choosing a Hospice: 16 Questions to Ask.” …READ MORE…

News and Narratives of Interest-Fall 2013

News and Narratives of Interest – Fall 2013

Every once in a while you come across an article that makes you think:  Ok, I can stop right here.  “End of Life Tech Companies Grow with Changes in Death Traditions”in a June 2013 issue of The Huffington Post is just that article.  It will give you a great review of new web-based end of life information and planning resources.  Yes, you still need LiveWithCare.org to help you access resources and information specific to Westchester County, but in combination with these other sites, you will be all set.

LiveWithCare.org is a new website, a project of the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition.  It is a unique tool for Westchester residents.  It shows how to prepare in advance for serious health care issues and guides you through steps that can be taken in case you are diagnosed and living with a serious illness; it also helps you cope with issues around the death of family member. …READ MORE…