Mel Sherman lecture: “Embracing Culture & Traditions at End of Life”

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

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collage“Embracing Culture and Traditions at End of Life”

November 4, 2016, 2-4 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Road in Tucson

How can I be sure my Jewish traditions will be respected? What if I want my family to celebrate me and not mourn me? Two expert speakers will help you answer these questions and more during this second lecture of the Mel Sherman series.

“An Exploration of How our Personal Lives, Values and Beliefs can impact the End of Life Experience”

Speaker: Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN (pictured right)

Tani has spent most of her 41 year career in nursing improving end of life care. A registered nurse since 1976, she recognized how fear, misinformation and lack of information can negatively impact decision-making and the dying experience. She wrote and produced the award-winning video Living Through Dying – The Struggle for Grace, is the author of Dying to Know – Straight Talk About Death & Dying and the producer of the Straight Talk Series on End of Life Issues. She founded and directed Passages – Support & Education in End of Life Issues, and continues to expand her work through community collaboration and national consultation.

“End of Life Multicultural Strategies”

Speaker: Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. (pictured left)

Dr. Alvarez is an anthropologist, folklorist, writer and curator. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Public Folklorist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona (UA). She is a Trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Executive Director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate nonprofit of the UA. She teaches courses on methods of cultural analysis with particular emphasis on food, objects, oral narratives and visual cultures of the US-Mexico border. In 2009, she was a Fulbright Fellow conducting research in rural Mexico and she writes and speaks regularly across the country about heritage and identity, food, Latino arts, informal cultural networks and community cultural development.

Seating may be limited. Please RSVP as soon as possible by filling out this form or calling (520) 795-0300 ext. 2238 for the November 4th event.
Mel Sherman

Mel Sherman

the Mel Sherman lecture series

Irving Silverman established a fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona to honor his friend of blessed memory Mel Sherman. Distributions from Mr. Silverman’s fund support JFCS of Southern Arizona in producing the annual Mel Sherman Institute on Mental Health Lecture Series.

The first in the 2016 series was “Your Life, Your Choices: Straight Talk about Tough Issues” on September 9th and presented by JFCS in collaboration with Paige Hector, LMSW from Paige Ahead Healthcare Education & Consulting. Her topic: What would happen to me if I had a severe stroke and couldn’t communicate?” “What would happen if my spouse gets dementia and stops eating? Talking about issues like these is really tough. Sometimes people choose to ignore the issues rather than talk about them. This program changed that and empowered attendees with the words and the tools to engage in discussion about quality of life, advanced illness and treatment decisions. The foundation of the program is a workbook titled, “Your Life, Your Choices.” Attendees engaged in completing their own workbook with opportunities to ask questions in a safe environment. This workshop was designed to provide information and education to participants about End of Life Care Planning and provide tools and resources.

JFCS of Southern Arizona

JFCS has transformed the ways in which the agency delivers behavioral healthcare to the community, connecting the growing need for expert and compassionate care with service delivery that meets people where they are. JFCS recognizes that wellbeing includes physical and mental health, and is committed to supporting children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples and families of all religious and ethnic origins with quality behavioral health services and social services during vulnerable times in their lives. This is the mission at JFCS, historically and into the future. The agency’s staff and Board are guided by the Jewish traditions of healing the world (tikkun olam) with loving kindness (chesed) through just and charitable deeds (tzedakah)