Engage with Grace–the one slide project

The Blarney Crone is very excited to be part of a ‘blog rally’–suitable social commitment, with no need to bundle up and go for a walk.

The Crone is indebted to her crony Jessica Lipnack of  endlessknots.typepad.com for the introduction to this concept, and this campaign

Many bloggers are staging a “blog rally” today to encourage conversation about a very difficult topic: how we want to die. What follows is the same text that appears on many other blogs. With your family and close friends, use Thanksgiving as a time to talk about something uncomfortable but all-important. When Itchy Ankle Andy was on life support recently, two of his three brothers had very different views of  the right thing to do for him. If he had talked about his wishes for the end of life, they would have been saved a lot of hurt.  Talking about these things may be painful–but, in the end and at the end, NOT talking about them is more painful still. Here is the single slide, described and linked below:

We make choices throughout our lives – where we want to live, what types of activities will fill our days, with whom we spend our time. These choices are often a balance between our desires and our means, but at the end of the day, they are decisions made with intent. But when it comes to how we want to be treated at the end our lives, often we don’t express our intent or tell our loved ones about it.

This has real consequences. 73% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but up to 50% die in hospital. More than 80% of Californians say their loved ones “know exactly” or have a “good idea” of what their wishes would be if they were in a persistent coma, but only 50% say they’ve talked to them about their preferences.But our end of life experiences are about a lot more than statistics. They’re about all of us.

So the first thing we need to do is start talking. Engage with Grace:The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal: to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking. One Slide, with just five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, with our loved ones, about our preferences. And we’re asking people to share this One Slide – wherever and whenever they can–at a presentation, at dinner, at their book club. Just One Slide, just five questions.

Let’s start a global discussion that, until now, most of us haven’t had. Here is what we are asking you: Download The One Slide and share it at any opportunity – with colleagues, family, friends. Think of the slide as currency and donate just two minutes whenever you can. Commit to being able to answer these five questions about end of life experience for yourself, and for your loved ones. Then commit to helping others do the same. Get this conversation started.

Let’s start a viral movement driven by the change we as individuals can effect…and the incredibly positive impact we could have collectively. Help ensure that all of us – and the people we care for – can end our lives in the same purposeful way we live them. Just One Slide, just one goal. Think of the enormous difference we can make together. (To learn more please go to Engage with Grace. This post was written by Alexandra Drane and the Engage With Grace team)

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to Engage with Grace–the one slide project

  1. Written with your customary great wit and kindness, Blarney Crone. Thanks so much for rallying round.

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