Caring for loved ones before and after death: The information you need before you need it


GROTON — Are you satisfied with the plans you have made? Would you like to learn about other choices? Come to this introductory presentation Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., at the Groton Public Library, to learn about making informed decisions.

Joanna Lillian Brown, author of “Caring for dying loved ones: A helpful guide for families and friends,” will speak about:

* caregiving roles, from primary caregiver to helping from a distance

* understanding your own needs and those of your loved one

* the importance of advocacy: standing up for what your loved one wants when it matters most.

Peg Lorenz, home funeral guide and educator, will speak about:

* the transforming moments that families often experience

* the personal and intimate atmosphere of home wakes/funerals

* the legalities and logistical details.

Joanna Lillian Brown learned first-hand about caregiving as the primary caregiver of her 97-year-old grandmother in 1991. Her book, published by Levellers Press in June 2010, is based on her in-depth experience caring for 10 relatives and friends since then, plus interviews with families, medical professionals, lawyers and clergy.

Joanna has been a featured speaker at libraries, community and senior centers, and colleges. She also offers consulting to individuals and organizations.

Peg Lorenz is a home funeral guide, educator and founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. Peg has 20 years of experience with hospice care and is on the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance and chair of the Legislative Committee.

She has a certificate in End-of-Life Care from the University of Southern Maine and has completed the training taught by Crossings: Caring for Our Own at Death, a resource center for home funeral care.

She is a member of the Threshold Choir, a volunteer group that sings at bedsides of dying people.