BMO Private Bank Invites Be@Ease to Share Information

BMO Private Bank in Barrington, invited Be@Ease to share information to staff about the importance of having an advance directive.  Staff were encouraged to complete their own plans, that will provide direction of their healthcare wishes to loved ones if they are unable to speak for themselves, and share this important information with clients.  Be@Ease encourages anyone over the age of 18 to have an advance directive.  This is a wonderful gift we can give to our families.

BMO presentation

Be@Ease Presents to the Barrington Area Community Foundation

A special thank you to the Barrington Area Community Foundation for inviting Be@Ease to present at it’s board meeting in December, 2015.  Members of the board provided their support by connecting Be@Ease with other non-profit organizations, as well as scheduling presentations for staff within their companies.  Networking is so helpful in providing new opportunities for Be@Ease to share advance care planning information.

Barrington Area Community Foundation






Additional presentations are being scheduled.  We appreciate the continued support from Barrington businesses and non-profit organizations.  Thank you!

Barrington Library Offers Be@Ease Workshops

To receive information about advance care planning  or ask questions about completing your Five Wishes, workshops will be available at the Barrington Library.  Meetings have been scheduled in the Zimmerman Room (side B) on:

  • Thursday, September 17th (10am – noon)
  • Wednesday, November 11th (2pm – 4pm)
  • Tuesday, December 8th (7pm – 8pm)

JourneyCare CEO Featured in TEDx Event


Sarah Bealles, JourneyCare’s President and CEO, was a featured speaker for the Barrington Area Library’s first-ever TEDx event on October 1, 2015.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading” and supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. TEDx focuses on Technology, Education/Entertainment and Design to tie together local ideas on a broad range of issues.

Bealles’ talk, “Living is More Than Not Being Dead,” focused on the importance of end-of-life conversations and planning.

To view the video of the TEDx Talk, click HERE.

Be@Ease Partners with Local Association to Launch Educational Campaign

Communities across the country are launching programs to educate and encourage neighbors and friends to complete advance care plans.  Advance directives allow people to Arlington Heights Photodocument what healthcare treatments they would want if they are unable to speak for themselves.

In April, 10 churches in Arlington Heights, Ill., gave 11 presentations on advance care planning to more than 270 residents in the community.  Using the materials developed by Be@Ease, the Arlington Heights Ministerial Association educated residents on the importance of having an advance care plan.  A copy of Five Wishes – a form that can be used to document advance care plans was also given to all attendees. The events were promoted in local newspapers to encourage all residents of the community to attend.

Having conversations with family and loved ones about advance care planning is gaining momentum.  National Healthcare Decisions Day celebrated its ninth anniversary on April 16.  The day exists to inspire, educate and empower the pubic and providers about the importance of advance care planning.  The goal of the initiative is to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

If you are interested in launching an advance care planning program in your community, please visit  The tools and resources are available free of charge.  The goal of Be@Ease is to encourage anyone 18+ to think about their wishes, put them in writing and share them with others If you would like more information on advance care planning, please contact Rachael Telleen at or (312) 912-2678.

Be@Ease and Clergy Help Bring Peace to Families in Times of Crisis

If on your way to work this morning you were injured in a terrible accident and doctors weren’t sure you would survive, would your family members know how to honor your final wishes?

According to a recent survey by the California Health Foundation, 60 percent of respondents said it was extremely important that their family not be burdened in making tough decisions about their care. However, 56 percent of respondents had not discussed their wishes.

Arlington Heights Ministerial Association has joined the Be@Ease campaign to help residents learn to talk about advance care plans so that if an emergency situation ever does arise, families are prepared.

Besides getting the conversation started, the Be@Ease campaign also provides access to Five Wishes©, a nationally recognized document that allows anyone 18 and older to share their wishes about the end of life.  Once completed, the Five Wishes document is valid under the laws of 42 states, including Illinois.

Five Wishes ask people to discuss:

1.  The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can’t
2.  The kind of medical treatment I want or don’t want
3.  How comfortable I want to be
4.  How I want people to treat me
5.  What I want my loved ones to know

Lynndah Easterwood Lahey, Executive Director, Escorted Transportation Service Northwest, supports the Arlington Heights Ministerial Association in its pursuit and promotion of the Five Wishes program.  “We know it will make an impact on many individuals in the community,” she explained. ” As a nonprofit organization that provides volunteer-based transportation for our community’s seniors to their medical appointments, we will spread the word to our 300+ senior passengers.”

The Arlington Heights Ministerial Association, whose leaders often are called to guide a family through times of crisis, will be hosting 11 free seminars during Five Wishes Week, April 11-18 and April 25, to provide convenient opportunities and locations for residents to engage in conversation.

St. John UCC
10 a.m.7 p.m.
Quest Church
7 p.m.
St. James Parish
10 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church
6 p.m.
First United Methodist
7 p.m.
St. Simon's Episcopal
Southminister Presbyterian
4 p.m.
Congregational UCC
10 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran (a.m.)
10 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran (p.m.)
2 p.m.





June 25, 2014 Be@Ease Featured on Chicago Comcast Cable Program

An interview with Be@Ease Program Director, Syl Boeder and Program Benefactor, Bob Lee will be aired on Chicago Comcast Cable Channel 19 (CAN TV) during the next three days beginning June 25 at 9 pm, June 26 at 4 pm, and June 27 at 6:wordpresssux30 pm CST. Tune in and learn about the impetus behind and the development of Be@Ease. Be@Ease exists as a website whose purpose is to provide community leaders around the world with the tools needed to organize and conduct advance directive awareness campaigns of their own. Resources on the website include videos, sample presentations, letters and documents to assist communities in bringing attention and action to this  important issue.

In addition to community organizing resources, Be@Ease provides guidance in walking individuals through the process of thinking about and documenting their end-of-life wishes by providing access to Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes Advance Directive planning document.



February/March 2014 Take the Healthier Barrington Survey!

The Healthier Barrington Coalition is conducting the 2014 Healthier Barrington Needs Survey. This survey has been conducted by the Coalition every three years since 1996 and offers residents living in the 60010 area an opportunity to provide input into the various aspects of living in the Barrington area. Topics include transportation, recreation, education, healthcare, employment and much more.

This year they have added questions related to whether people have advance directives and if they have heard about or used Be@Ease resources. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and can be accessed online at: If you are a resident of Barrington, please add your voice to the conversation – take the survey today!

January 21, 2014 New Resources Available at Barrington Area Library

The Barrington Area Library has added additional resources on the topics of planning for the end-of-life and preparing advance directives. Please take a moment and review the offerings under the Resources heading of the Be@Ease website.

January 10, 2014 Be@Ease Presents to North Barrington Elementary School PTO

Be@Ease continued its outreach within the Barrington 220 School District by presenting to the parents of the North Barrington Elementary School PTO on January 10. Those in attendance were briefed on the need for advance directives as part of every families healthy planning.  After being given an overview of the Five Wishes documents, members were also informed of the many resources available through the Be@Ease website.  PTO President Alexandra Bernardi expressed appreciation on behalf of the PTO saying, “Thank you for coming and talking about this very important initiative. I know it spurred thought and conversation in many that were there.”