A 3-part series

April 27, May 4 & May 11, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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End of life planning allows you to make known your wishes about what you want to have happen when you reach the last stage of your life.  In this 3-part series we will focus on:

  • Knowing Your Options – what happens to your remains or those of a loved one after death
  • Ensuring Your Wishes Are Fulfilled – what to know and do
  • The Value of Planning in Advance

Session 1, April 27th – End of Life Planning:  Know Your Options
Facing mortality is difficult.  Final disposition or what will happen to the body of the deceased after death is one of the first decisions you face when preplanning or making final arrangements.  Personal preferences and religious or cultural traditions may help you in your decision making.  During session participants will hear about the options available to them. Topics will include Burial – Traditional, Green, Direct and more, Cremation and associated options and more.    

Session 2, May 4th – End of Life Planning:  Ensuring Your Wishes Are Fulfilled
It is important for individuals to document and share what they want to happen after they pass.  During this session, participants will hear from a licensed Pennsylvania funeral director and an attorney with expertise in Pennsylvania funeral law on the process and legal considerations to take when considering final arrangements. Topics will include how to make your wishes known, who do you go to for help making decisions, understanding who can make or alter funeral arrangements, document you should receive and laws that protect consumers.  

Session 3, May 11th – End of Life Planning:  The Value of Prearranging
Prearranging means you will decide on what services you need and pay for them in advance. Topics will include what you should consider when making decisions and arrangements in advance, the value of prearranging and a discussion of free planning resources.  

Speaker Bios:

David V. Peake, Jr. is a 1998 graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS). He attended Kutztown University prior to going to PIMS. After mortuary school, David served his apprenticeship with the Givinsh Family Funeral Homes, after which he went to work at Robert L. Mannal Funeral Home in the Mayfair section of Philadelphia.  In 2012 Mannal Funeral Home acquired Craft Funeral Home of Erdenheim, where David currently serves as supervisor. David served the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association as President (2019-2020) and currently serves as Immediate Past President.

Kathleen K. Ryan, Esquire, is Executive Director and Counsel for the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association (PFDA). Prior to joining PFDA, Ms. Ryan served as a senior prosecutor for the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, prosecuting for the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Funeral Directors and other Boards as needed. She currently sits on the Advisory Board to the Northampton Community College of Mortuary Science program. Kathy currently is a member of the Dauphin County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

This event will not be recorded.

For questions about this event, please email us at contact@ralstoncenter.org