Blackhawk Presbytery
Monday, October 18, 2021
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 476
Oregon, IL 61061
779.771.2088 (general inquires)
779.771.1896 (Transformational General Presbyter / Stated Clerk)



End of Life Conversations


Crucial Conversations 

Talking About End of Life With Family and Congregations


It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones.

This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.

We want you to be the expert on your wishes and those of your loved ones. Not the doctors or nurses. Not the end-of-life experts. You.      (from


Rev. Christina Berry (Sterling, First Presbyterian) offers a brief, concise blueprint designed for congregations to take the initiative to promote and host informative sessions encouraging people to have these crucial conversations with their loved ones. As an offering not only to their own congregation, but to their communities, this service/outreach provides people with the information and tools needed to gather courage and "Go". The opportunity to hear from professional guests and share with others is encouraging and invaluable.

Rev. Berry has shared her PowerPoint presentation HERE so that any church or organization can easily tailor it to their own community. It's short, to the point and includes lots of resources (links below).

The Conversation Project
Your Conversation Starter Kit
In Life and in Death: A Study Guide on Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and End of Life Issues PC(USA) 1995