Many of the more than 35,000 organizations nationwide that distribute Five Wishes host community workshops that explain the concept of Five Wishes and help attendees complete their own. Many use the Five Wishes video and presenter’s guide for presentations at community centers, places of worship, hospitals, senior centers, workplaces, colleges and universities. Consider hosting a Five Wishes workshop for a business, civic or religious organization you are affiliated with. Here’s how:
- Prepare for a Five Wishes presentation by filling out your own Five Wishes, then talk about it with your family. Doing this gives you some insight into what you’ll be asking others to do. Review the “Sharing the Gift” presenter’s guide, read the Next Steps guide and watch the Five Wishes instructional DVD
- Find a date, time and place that works for your intended audience. For example, daytime is best for elderly people; lunchtime or evenings generally work better for working age adults; Sundays are often best for faith groups
- Frame the noticing and advertising of your presentation in a way designed to increase attendance. Focus on “preserving dignity,” “providing peace of mind to you and your family,” “maintaining control,” etc. Avoid using works like death, dying, getting old, end-of-life care, life support, etc
- Alert your local news media as to the who, what, when and where of your presentation. Use the “news tips” or “community calendar” sections of their websites to send your information. Include your name, telephone number(s) and e-mail address in case they need additional information
- Set up the room so there is minimal distance between presenter and audience. Dress professionally and, if possible, greet attendees individually as they arrive. Be sure any sound amplification and/or visuals you intend to use are properly configured and ready to go.