2015 was a very productive year for The Final Acts Project, and we are anticipating that 2016 will be an even more productive year! We have developed new collaborations in Texas and Missouri, and are rapidly expanding our growing list of Friends of The Final Acts Project. We hope you will make 2016 the year you decide to become a part of a growing movement to expand the advance care planning conversation. You can easily participate by starting the conversation with your family, physician and friends, co-workers and community. Be the author of your life script, and then make your wishes known to those who need to know by writing your final wishes down. This will be one the greatest gifts that you give to yourself and to those you love.
FAREWELLS, NEWS & EVENTS
The Final Acts Project lost a dear friend and supporter this past year, Jo Anne Christian. She was among our first supporters and National Board Advisors. She always provided strong leadership, wisdom and a keen sense of humor when it was needed most. Jo Anne will be missed by all at TFAP.
The Co-chair of The Final Acts Project, Dr. Craig Hurwitz, was just appointed to The Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council. Congratulations, Craig!
We have forged a new collaboration with The Center for Practical Bioethics in my hometown, Kansas City, Missouri. Special thanks to John Carney and Myra Christopher for supporting our efforts, and for introducing us to so many wonderful people. Myra is a recognized leader in the field of bioethics and one of our nation’s strongest advocates for advance care planning. We are extremely grateful for the Center’s generous collaborative support.
The Final Acts Project has a new interim Artistic Director, Laurie Dietrich. Laurie has extensive experience with Hospice work and a long career as an actress and director of stage productions. We are thrilled to have her talented and thoughtful support at this critical time of organizational growth.
On February 27th, The Final Acts will participate in a morning session at the Christ Episcopal Church. Rev. Patrick Gahan has invited 25 leaders in the faith community to participate, along with guest speakers Ferne Burney and Helen Emmott, RN.
On the 22nd and 24th of March, The Final Acts Project will host Bucket List Parties with the Cancer Support Community of North Texas Alliance Clubhouse. On the 23rd, Austin actress and storyteller, Bernadette Nason, will perform The Dead Giveaway: A Play in One Final Act in the Dallas Clubhouse of the Cancer Support Community of North Texas (CSCNT) on March 23rd. A keynote and panel discussion will follow. Events are free and open to the public.
Dr. James Doty, a neurosurgeon at Stanford and Founder and Director of CCARE, will be reading from his new book, Inside the Magic Shop, and speaking at Book People on April 3rd at 4:30pm. The Final Acts Project will be co-hosting his talk with Book People and The Mind Science Foundation. The topic will be Compassion in Daily Life. Funding support is being provided by The Humanities Texas Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Margaret Overton, a prominent anesthesiologist and writer, will speak at Book People on the 7th of April at 6:00 pm and read from her new book, Hope for a Cool Pillow. The event is free and open to the public.
The Final Acts Project gives special thanks to the St. David’s Foundation and The Humanities Texas Foundation for their generous grants in December of 2015. Both grants will allow The Final Acts Project to continue important work in communities throughout Central Texas. We also want to thank all of our individual donors for their support and participation in programming. The Twig Book Shop made our last event of the year not only possible, but a great success!!
What You Can Do
Get involved and make a difference in the most important conversation of your life by having the conversation with your family, physician and friends about your wishes. The Final Acts Project is committed to improving the end-of-life conversation for all ages – everyone deserves a chance to make their wishes known, and to author their life script. There are no dress rehearsals.
Please consider becoming a Friend of The Final Acts Project by making a tax deductible contribution this year. Find your comfort zone and help make the continuation of our programming possible by donating. You can make an online donation through our secure website at www.finalactsproject.org or you can send by mail your check to The Final Acts Project, P.O. Box 115, Helotes, Texas 78023.