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Life Before Death

March 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:15 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, repeating until March 20, 2021


Specific times and Livestream information to come.

Beebe Healthcare, in association with St Martha’s Episcopal Church, Bethany Beach, is pleased to present a special five-week program on the topic of Life Before Death (Living a Better Now by Planning Ahead).

This is an online program. The first four sessions will be livestreamed from Beebe Healthcare and presented by Dr Sarah Matthews and Rev. Paula Waite. The fifth session will be livestreamed from St Martha’s and presented by Kathleen DeLacy and John Robbert. The recording of each session will also be available for upload after the livestream.

We will offer five consecutive weeks, Saturdays at 10 a.m. on February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, and March 20. Sessions will run 1.25 hours. Participants will be able to type in questions during the live broadcast. Contact info for follow-up questions will be provided.

Week One – Advance Care Planning
Completing an Advance Directive
What are the medical alternatives (CPR, ANH, DNR, DNI, etc.)
Selecting a surrogate decision maker
Durable Power of Attorney for healthcare
Palliative Care
Week Two – Talking with your loved ones
Getting ready for the conversation
Where do you stand on important health decisions
Who, When, Where, and What to say

Week Three – The Episcopal Church & End of Life
Burial Services
Cremation or Burial
Legal Requirements upon death
Planning your service
Obituary Planning

Week Four – Settings of Care, Hospice, & Bereavement
Options for care toward end of life (SNF, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s care, Independent Living)
Grief resources

Week Five – Legal Information
Organizing essential information
Choosing an executor
Delaware law
Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, Probate)
Estate Administration

Dr. Sarah Matthews attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College and moved to San Diego for her Family Medicine residency. Sarah’s experiences in training left her wondering about the big picture and what is important to her patients. She completed a Palliative Medicine fellowship in order to care for each patient as a “whole person” and ensure that their care aligns with their goals. She and her husband recently moved back to Delaware with their two rescue dogs, where Sarah has joined the Palliative Medicine team at Beebe.

Rev. Paula Waite holds a Masters in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, and was ordained in Maryland to the Sacred Order of Deacons in 2018. She is Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains, and serves the Episcopal Church as a Staff Chaplain at Beebe Healthcare. Paula and her husband Tom live in Milton with their Himalayan cat Samantha.

Kathleen DeLacy has been assisting businesses and individuals in estate planning, estate and trust administration and probate services for more than 20 years. A partner in the firm Reger, Rizzo and Darnall, she is also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Delaware.

John F. Robbert is admitted to practice in Louisiana, in Maryland, and in Delaware as well as in the United States Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Robbert is a member of WealthCounsel and a member of Elder Counsel, both national networks of attorneys who focus their practice on estate planning and elder law matters. Having taught at various educational levels, including tenure as an adjunct professor of law, he is an accomplished speaker and frequently lectures on issues related to gift and estate tax planning.


March 6
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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St. Martha’s Episcopal Church
117 Maplewood St.
Bethany Beach, DE 19930 United States