Holy Living, Holy Dying | A Lenten Workshop Series on End-of-Life Issues

Dying is a privileged occasion to explore the meaning and value of life and to deepen our relationship with God. As Christians, we are called to consider our mortality faithfully and responsibly, giving our loved ones the gift of making known our choices for end-of-life care and death. Join us during Lent for these important conversations.

You are welcome to attend both worships or just participate in one. Registration is required (see details below).

Please contact the Rev. Gwynn Crichton for more information (By Email or (804) 545-5415)

Workshop #1: Honoring Our Wishes through Advance Health Care Directives

Saturday, March 4 | 10 AM – 12 PM | Parish Hall


This workshop will enable you to start the conversation about communicating your end-of-life care preferences to healthcare providers and loved ones through advanced medical directives and proxies. A panel of guest professional experts will explore the need for and resources available to make clear, legally binding medical care decisions about end-of-life from legal, medical, social work, and bioethical perspectives.

Guest Panelists:

  • Megan Stucke, MSW, CAS, LCSW, Care Coordination Ambulatory Social Work Manager, VCU Health
  • Stephen D. Rosenthal, Esq., SDR Law, PLC and former Attorney General of Virginia
  • Ken Faulkner, MA, MDiv, retired Advance Care Planning Coordinator for the VCU Health System and Assistant Professor in the VCU College of Health Professions
  • Ritsu Kuno, MD, Physician, Pulmonary Associates of Richmond and President of the Honoring Choices Virginia Board of Directors

Workshop #2: Dust to Dust: Deciding the Fate of Our Earthly Remains

Saturday, March 11th | 10 AM – 12 PM | Parish Hall


All God creates is sacred, including our bodies. Therefore, how we choose to lay our earthly remains to rest matters. This workshop will explore the different alternatives for interment including conventional, full-body burial in a casket, cremation, and natural or green burial. Two special guest speakers from the funeral home industry will help us compare these options from theological, practical, financial, and environmental perspectives.

Guest Panelists:

  • Glenn Jennelle, General Manager of Duck Run Natural Cemetery (Penn Laird, VA)
  • Carey Bliley, President and CEO of Bliley’s Funeral Home