Fall 2018

PLUS270

Using a "Reality of Your Mortality" Planning Checklist (55+)

Our mortality is truly an opportunity in disguise: end-of-life planning can bring energy, joy and connection. Pragmatic, heart-centred end-of-life planning can light up your life and connect you with who and what matter most. When you consciously contemplate and engage with others around your inevitable and unpredictable death, you will change how you live and how you die.

Together we will explore the holistic end-of-life planning checklist developed by the instructors. We’ll get you thinking and writing about such things as your legacy, lasting messages for people you love, and how you want to be cared for and remembered after you die. Pair sharing, group discussion, self-reflective writing, and creative tools and exercises will facilitate your learning.

Note: This course involves active participation and group discussion.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

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What will I learn?

Week 1: Making Sense of Life and Death

Wake-up before your time’s up! We introduce the checklist and begin exploring who and what matter most as we contemplate the reality of our mortality. Take stock of where you’re at with your planning and your current level of satisfaction with what you have or haven’t accomplished.

Week 2: Legacy, Love Letters and Heart Wills

Legacy in our view is the individual and collective impact we have on our world and all that’s in it. Using creative and interactive exercises, reflect on your life and your legacy and begin to write lasting messages for those you love and future generations.

Week 3: Legacy, Love Letters and Heart Will (Continued)

We explore how reflecting on our life and relationships enriches and energizes us to live fully now. We discuss how writing Love Letters and a Heart Will can inspire us to make shifts in the way we live and how we’re remembered.

Week 4: Making Choices

The main questions we delve into this session include: What’s stopping you from starting or completing your planning? What’s important to you about your financial and legal authority, your health and personal care wishes? How can you integrate your values into your planning?

Week 5: Departure Directions

We investigate five core factors, including ecological and social impact, that influence our choices for how we’re cared for after we die. Identify goodbye rituals and ceremonies that align with your values and your sense of how to support your people after your death.

Week 6: Departure Directions and Clearing the Way

Begin to craft your personal set of instructions or guidelines—determined by your values, beliefs and priorities—for how you wish to be laid to rest and remembered. We ponder how else to clear the way and make shifts in the way we live and how we’re remembered.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

If you're 55+, you may take this course as part of

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