HONORING A LIFE: Advance Care Planning Conversations

Advance care planning is an opportunity to reflect on your life values and how you’d like those values honored in your end-of-life care. Having conversations with your loved ones and healthcare providers, along with documenting your wishes, helps ensure that your choices for care will be followed if you’re unable to make your own decisions.

The 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 aspire to help people find the healing and growth possible in these seasons of life. We look forward to working with you.


Attend ICS’s workshops to learn:

  • About discerning and sharing what you value in life;
  • Why deciding what kind of healthcare you want late in life is so important;
  • How to talk to loved ones and healthcare professionals about what you want;
  • How to document your decisions so your wants will be made known;
  • How to revise and update any advance care plans you might have already.
  • How to enhance your present by planning your future, then carry on with living!


ICS’s services for addressing end-of-life opportunities include:

  • Hands-on community workshops to equip participants to take action on end-of-life planning, such as affirming life values, having “the conversation” with one’s circle of support, and completing and filing advance care directives
  • One-to-one coaching on the completion of the appropriate legal forms for end-of-life healthcare, which can be done in a person’s own home
  • Trainings for leaders in faith communities and other organizations to be able to offer workshops for their constituents

For more information on these free workshops contact

Suzanne Morrison, Wholistic End of Life Program Manager at 520-526-9296 or smorrison@icstucson.org
Karen MacDonald, End of Life Lead Trainer at 520-526-9309 or kmacdonald@icstucson.org

ICS is proud to be a member of the End of Life Care Partnership, committed to helping us all embrace dying and death as part of life. Together we transform the end of life from a purely medical experience to a deeply human, spiritual experience.

Click Here for a list of End of Life Care Resources

In addition, ICS is happy to collaborate with Jewish Family and Children Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS) to promote the writing of ethical wills. JFCS has workshops available to enable people to create “legacy letters” to pass on their values to the next generation. Ethical wills are a meaningful way to review and celebrate one’s life and to leave one’s values legacy.

To learn more, visit JFCS or contact:

Susan Kasle, MPH, Vice President of Community Services: (520) 795-0300 or skasle@jfcstucson.org
Irene Gefter, Executive Office Administrator: (520) 795-0300 or igefter@jfcstucson.org

ICS’s Wholistic End of Life Program offerings are made possible by:

The David and Lura Lovell Foundation & The Shaaron Kent Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona