Faith Leaders to Engage in End-of-Life Discussions

After a 30 year career in business, I retired and entered Trinity Evangelical Divinity School receiving the Master of Divinity degree in 2006. I’m a Chaplain at the O’Hare Airport Chapel, ministering to travelers and more than 40,000 employees working at O’Hare. I’m also a longtime Barrington resident and serve as President of the Barrington Area Ministerial Association (BAMA).

BAMA is a community partner in the Be@Ease drive. End-of-life choices need to be made before a crisis occurs. Faith leadership should be a partner in exploring options. We need to engage families in conversations about the dying process and the dignity in making choices about our care. BAMA is an interfaith organization that supports communication between spiritual and community leaders. The conversation encouraged by Five Wishes gives comfort before it is needed. The vehicle is available to help us make plans and be prepared.

The role of the community in this campaign is to inform our neighbors about the ease of advance care planning. With Five Wishes, families can be prepared and Be At Ease!

Tom Burns, Barrington Area Ministerial Association, President
Barrington Resident