What do you value in life? 
What makes life meaningful? 
How would you wish to live as your life draws to a close? 
What legacy, material and spiritual, would you like to leave your loved ones and the world? 
What plans can you put in place now to help honor your values and wishes and legacy? 
How can congregations walk with people living with life-threatening illness, end of life, and grief?

ICS’s Wholistic End of Life program helps congregations and their members open such rich questions as these for their own consideration and for conversation with loved ones, spiritual leaders and health care providers. As we delve into these questions and conversations about the end of our life, we enrich the quality of our living now. 

Our faith, enlivened by scriptures and rituals and community, is a guide and gift in these questions and conversations, and our faith can even be deepened as we reflect on our living and our dying.

ICS is committed to helping congregations break the silence we hold around dying and death and to be sanctuaries of hope in the midst of these conversation. In this way, congregations can help people prepare for living through the end of life.

ICS’s services for congregations in addressing end of life include:

  • Presentations on various end of life issues, tailored to each congregation’s interests and needs. These could include topics such as tools for planning for end of life care, faith supports for considering end of life, or understanding hospice care.
  • An online library of valuable resources to help individuals and congregations consider and plan for end of life care, available here.
  • Hands-on workshops to equip participants with specific tools for end of life planning, such as completing advance care directives or having “the conversation” with loved ones.
  • Consultation with faith community leaders regarding implementing end of life education programs, or wider faith and health ministries.

Click Here for a list of End of Life Care Resources.​

For more information, feel free to contact: Karen MacDonald, M.Div., Health Ministry Manager 520-297-6049 x221 kmacdonald@icstucson.org

These times of transition through later life and end of life are an integral part of our living. Through the Wholistic End of Life program, we hope to help congregations and their members find the healing and growth possible in these seasons of life. We look forward to working with you.

Wholistic End of Life: Education and Engagement of Faith Leaders is made possible by the Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.