There is no question that mortality -- whether our own or that of a loved one -- is a difficult topic. Yet, it is essential that individuals and families make important legal and medical decisions related to wills, hospice care, and estate transfer before a crisis occurs. In this episode, Dr. P and Ms. Zeena Regis define advanced care planning and discuss why it is difficult for many of us to start the process. Ms. Regis points to resources for information and describes how faith leaders and congregations can start the conversation within their communities.
Zeena Regis serves as the Faith Engagement Manager at Compassion & Choices, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most active nonprofit working to improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. Prior to her role with Compassion & Choices, Zeena served as a hospice chaplain and grief care coordinator for almost a decade.
Zeena also serves on the faculty of Columbia Theological Seminary's Older Adult Ministry Certification program. Her training includes a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary. Zeena is also a playwright and her latest work, A Free Black Woman's Guide to Death & Dying, was selected for the Synchronicity Theatre's arts incubator project and premiered in May 2022.