Circle of Friends for the Dying actively promotes events that give people the opportunity to explore their feelings about death—such as our monthly Circle of Friends Death Cafés—and to learn about the various issues pertaining to dying, like preparing your end-of-life directives or taking advantage of hospice when the time comes. We also sponsor events to celebrate life, such as “Circlestock”, a concert and dance party. Our inaugural event was held last year at Colony in Woodstock and pictured here.

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Your Five Wishes Advance Directive, A Workshop with Lynda Carré, Wellspring Passages

September 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Your Five Wishes Advance Directive
A Workshop with Lynda Carré, Wellspring Passages

Saturday, September 19th, 9:30 – 11:30 am EDT

Zoom Online Video Conference, with suggested donation of $21.08

Attendance is limited to 20 : This workshop is currently filled. Please stay connected with us to learn about upcoming events. ** 
All proceeds to benefit the death literacy work of our community non-profit, Circle of Friends for the Dying.

Please join End-of-Life Educator, Lynda Elaine Carré, for this empowering two-hour ZOOM workshop. Using the Five Wishes, she will guide participants through discernment toward completion of your Advance Directive (aka Living Will) — unquestionably one of the most important documents needed to personalize and protect your choices for the end-of-life care you want. 

Five Wishes is a unique Advance Directive written in everyday language to help you consider the pros and cons of options. It will enable you to describe what good care means to YOU. Going beyond the scope of other Advance Directives, Five Wishes helps you consider and document your preferences for personal and spiritual care in addition to the medical and legal. Suitable for everyone over 18, whether in good health or ill.

Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:

Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them. 

The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. 

How comfortable you want to be. 

How you want people to treat you.

What you want your loved ones to know.

Completing Five Wishes will be a relief to you. And, it is a gift to your family, friends, and your doctor, because it protects them from being in the impossible position of having to guess what kind of treatment you may want or don’t want. “Doing everything” medically possible has trade-offs you need to educate yourself about in advance.

In addition, after going through your Five Wishes document, you will naturally be more comfortable starting and guiding important conversations with your family members and close friends, to better understand what their concerns and wishes may be.

Even if you already have an Advance Directive on file, it is important to revisit it annually, when there is a pandemic, or you are experiencing changes in your health condition.

ZOOM Video Conference / Link Provided After Registration

By Donation (suggested $21.08/Please do not let financial constraints keep you from attending. Reach out to a CFD member at info@cfdhv.og to discuss a sliding scale for entry.)

Donate by clicking here!

Be sure to click on the drop down menu field that says: “Advance Directives Sept 2020”


This workshop utilizes the Five Wishes packet. The host will screen share the packet during the workshop. Be prepared to take notes, or in advance of workshop purchase a printed or downloadable Five Wishes booklet. Download the packet by clicking here!

CFD is arranging to have copies of the packet for participants that wish to pick up the copy. If you need help, and would like the option of picking up a copy at our planned holding location, please send us an email to coordinate or call 845.802.0970. You must register by Saturday, September 12th to be eligible for pickup at the paperwork holding location in Kingston, NY.


AFTER YOU HAVE REGISTERED and have been approved into the meeting you will receive an email from Zoom/CFD Host with the link to join. The link to join the meeting is unique and connected to your registration. If you have trouble, reach out to us by email the day of the event at

Once you register for the event you will receive an email with the zoom link. A CFD member will reach out to you for collection of donation, or you can donate by clicking here!

We realized, after sending publicity out, that many in our community will be observing the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on September 19th. Some may be unable to attend. If there is enough interest, Lynda Carré is willing to offer another Five Wishes Advance Directives workshop to benefit Circle of Friends for the Dying in the near future. Please let us know of your interest. link to respond.
For those who do choose to participate in this workshop, it is our hope that the experience of going through your Five Wishes will contribute to your personal reflection and will prompt important family discussions at this time.

About Rev. Lynda Elaine Carré
Rev. Carré established her private practice, Wellspring Passages, in 2015 to provide spiritual care, healing arts, and death literacy education for the community. Through inter-spiritual pastoral care, nature-based wisdom, and hospice and palliative clinical experience, Carré supports caregivers, the dying, and their families in creating a personalized circle of care and compassionate connection for the dying process, disposition, and bereavement.
She is an ordained interfaith community chaplain, speaker/educator, death doula, home funeral guide, and ritualist. She is a former Board Member and current Advisory Council member of Circle of Friends for the Dying.

See more at, Facebook/WellspringPassages, and LinkedIn


Preparation: each participant to have their own Five Wishes ready, or host to screen share during the workshop.

Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:

Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them. 

The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want. 

How comfortable you want to be. 

How you want people to treat you.

What you want your loved ones to know.


September 19
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Category:


Circle of Friends for the Dying
Wellspring Passages