Did you know only a third of Americans have documented their wishes for the end of their lives? And only 19% of black adults over 64 have done so. Faith leaders, trained to spiritually support and counsel the dying and their loved ones, have a better vantage point than most on the stress, anxiety, guilt, not to mention financial challenges and pressure on both families and the medical system that this lack of preparation creates. We don't like to talk about death, but not doing so has numerous ramifications on our well-being as individuals, as families, and as a society.
It's hard to imagine anyone better positioned than faith communities, in partnership with the healthcare system, to help catalyze the culture change needed to transform this problem. Read this story from the Philadelphia Inquirer about Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, one of numerous pastors working in partnership with The Conversation Project to drive this culture change. Then learn more about The Conversation Project on our Opportunities Page and get involved in their work to transform the conversation about dying.