A lecture on “Death and Dying, Funerals and Farewells” will be offered by Retired Minister, Rev. Jerry Book, on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at First Christian Church, 200 E 5th St.

Rev. Book will facilitate a discussion group that talks about that subject that no one wants to talk about: death, and a few of the related topics. The motivation for promoting the gathering stems from his personal experience that most people spend more time thinking about, and planning for, their next dentist visit than they do their death.

Where is the key to the safety deposit box? Which child should get great-grandma’s rolling pin that was passed on to me? Where do I want to be buried? Do I want to be buried? How does a person plan a funeral, anyway? Who will write my obituary? If I’m diagnosed with a terminal illness, what are my options? What about this “pre-planning” that I hear about? Is it just another way for funeral homes to make more money?

To help sort through much of the clutter surrounding this topic, Dr. Helen Franklin, MD, and Jackie Shurden, a funeral director at Rice Funeral Services, will be guest speakers. First Christian Church has graciously agreed to host the evening lecture series. Please call Rev. Book to reserve a seat at 417-399-4281.

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