I'll be leading several classes with OASIS, Pima County, and Pima
Below are brief descriptions of the classes
presently scheduled, and of course I'd be glad to answer any questions you may have.
I hope you and those you know may plan to attend. By all means, bring a friend!
Registration for OASIS opens late August (or maybe earlier).
To register, call The OASIS Institute, Phone:
520-322-5627. Or feel free to call me for more information
at 520-235-5646 (J-O-H-N).
or go to http://www.oasisnet.org/Cities/West/TucsonAZ.aspx.
What is OASIS?
OASIS is a unique educational program for adults age 50-plus
(yet anyone can attend) who want to learn,
grow and explore new ideas. We promote successful
aging through lifelong learning,
health programs and volunteer engagement. (Sponsored in Tucson by
TMC, Macy's Foundation, and the Junior League.)
The classes are:
The following is a schedule of my classes for October
and November with OASIS. I might offer more classes through Pima County special
interest classes next Spring.
I shall also be teaching "What
Nobody Ever Told You About Advance Directives" and "Living With Dying"
with Pima Community College in October and November of 2013:
#: 523 Term: 2013-3
Title: The Spirituality of Death and Dying
Days: Friday, 10/11/2013
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: OASIS at Junior League
minimum: 5 Maximum: 25
Presenter: John Abraham,
Description: Have you watched a sunset lately and wondered about the meaning in life? Ever wonder about
your purpose? Spirituality is the fundamental essence of any valid religious and philosophical system. It is an undeniable
part of human experience. It is common to all yet is developed and integrated into daily life by relatively few. Although
spirituality is generally related to religion and can be interrelated, one can be spiritual without being religious. Come
Please bring pen and paper.
Class #: 530 Term: 2013-3
Title: The Right to Die Peacefully With Dignity
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Location: OASIS at Junior League
Enrollment minimum: 5
Presenter: John Abraham, M.Div., F.T.
Description: Explore a basic human right: the right
to death with dignity. We shall examine managed death in this country and how it affects you and those you love. Learn about
the growing right-to-die movement: history, changes, and current status of the many organizations working towards this goal.
Discover local chapters of related organizations, and how you might like to be involved.
Please bring pen and paper.
I also have classes offered through Pima County
Two Classes offered through Pima County
Location, Dates, and Times are listed below
Special Interest Classes
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation
Register at http://www.pima.gov/nrpr/classes/index.htm
LIVING WITH DYING
What Nobody Ever Told You About Advance Directives
Instructor: John Abraham, Certified Fellow in Thanatology
How to prepare for death – “Not
‘If’ but ‘When”.
Most of us, about 80%, will die some sort of managed
death. The best manager
is you! This class will
teach you how to have your wishes honored regarding
end-of-life care. The appalling fact
is that 70% to
80% of the time, your wishes will NOT unfortunately
be honored, even with a living will or durable
power of attorney. Discover how you can change this!
If you know how, you can make sure your wishes ARE
honored. Learn the importance of an “advocate” and
how to select, equip, and empower your advocate and
yourself, and how to navigate hospitalization. Contact
John at 520-235-5646 or email@example.com.
Class Code Location Date Time
4-125JA FW-MPR1 Fri 8/9 9:30-11:00 a.m. $20
4-126JA FW-MPR1 Fri 8/9 4:00-5:30 p.m. $20
The Right to Die Peacefully With Dignity
John Abraham – Certified Fellow in Thanatology
Explore a basic human right: the right to death with dignity.We
shall examine managed death in this country and how it affects you and those you love. Learn about the growing right-to-die
movement: history, changes, and current status of the many organizations working towards this goal. Discover local chapters
of related organizations, and how you might like to be involved. Contact John at 520-235-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class Code Location Dates Time
4-127JA FW-MPR1 Fri 8/9 1:00-2:30 p.m. $20 4-523JA NWAC-303 Tue 7/9 4:00-5:30 p.m. $20
Sat 8/10 10:00-11:30 a.m. $20
Funeral Consumers Alliance – Be Informed and Rest In Peace
Instructor: John Abraham – Certified
Fellow in Thanatology
Be prepared and make informed decisions for the inevitable. Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) is
the only 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified,
affordable funeral. FCA offers education and advocacy to consumers nationwide and is not affiliated with the funeral industry.
Information you need! This is a quick shopper’s training program for doing business with professional death-care services
that you may or may not choose to use. There is a strong local Tucson chapter among many nationally. Come join us for this
valued information. Contact John at 520-235-5646 or email@example.com.
Class Code Location Dates
4-526JA NWAC-303 Sat
8/10 1:00-2:30 p.m. $20
4-129JA FW-MPR1 Fri 8/16 1:00-2:30 p.m. $20
NWAC = Northwest Art Center
7770 N. Shannon Rd.
Tucson (Corner of Shannon and Magee)
FW = Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 W. Ruthrauff
Tucson (Wetmore, Romero, and Ruthrauff intersection)
Pima Community College
October and November of 2013:
To Register Phone PCC Continuing Education: 520-206-6579
403 Advanced Directives Noncredit
Most of us will die a
managed death. This class will teach you to equip yourself with knowledge about how to have your wishes honored regarding
end-of-life care. The appalling fact is that 70% to 80% of the time, your wishes will NOT be honored, even with a living
will and other directives. Discover how you can change this! We will also explore how our culture contributes
to the need for such directives. (We do not complete the directives in this class, though I'll show you how to find and execute
Student notes: Please bring pen and paper.
Community Campus 827 W 6:00pm- 7:30pm 10/09/13
60779 Community Campus 827 S 10:00am-11:30am 10/19/13
Perform Arts & Learn Ctr CPALC T 10:00am-11:30am 11/12/13
PD 404 Living with Dying Noncredit
Learn how to cope and educate others.
We shall discuss what constitutes a noble death, how death can, in fact, be beneficial, and the right to die peacefully with
dignity. In addition to learning how to live with loss and understanding the different types of grief, learn what's "normal"
or problematic in the grieving process. Contrary to the expectation of a heavy, somber topic, this class is fun with a segment
on "jest death" in its dealing with a natural part of life.
60781 Community Campus 827 W 8:00pm- 9:30pm 10/09/13
60782 Community Campus 827 S noon - 1:30pm 10/19/13
60783 Comm Perform Arts & Learn Ctr CPALC T noon - 1:30pm 11/12/13
I hope to see you in class!
Some Comments from OASIS Evaluations:
"I was much impressed by your apparent
strength, integrity, and knowledge."
"John made this topic knowledgeable, interesting, and with humor."
"John Abraham has the information and the ability to intelligently convey all we need to know about this complex
"John's class has been helpful and informative for those of us who want to prepare for a compassionate
and graceful exit for ourselves and our loved ones."
"A good balance between general advice and personal
reflections was kept."
"He was flexible, knowledgeable, and responsive to those in class."
"Very responsive to questions and very well educated and experienced in the topic."
who already attended two of my classes: I got a lot of new information -- glad I came."
"I liked the
down to earth quality of your presentation, the slang and humanity that ring a bell for all of us."
I'm movitated to send a message to a friend whose husband died exactly a month ago, one of your helpful suggestions."
"Thank you John for your well presented class. I enjoyed
your pace and the materials you covered,
it is clear that you are very well informed and impassioned about your topics...."
"I just wanted to thank you again for a thought-provoking presentation given with humor and
"You were very
responsive to the questions and concerns of all of us in the audience. I wish you well and may very well call upon you in
Please accept my sincere appreciation for your contribution
to our first effort to present an End of Life Seminar this
Folks shared their thanks with me so pass their words to you.
Your ministry to us on this topic of dying was
so very important
for those that attended...."
"Thanks for a realistic appraisal of death and a
handout that should help discussion about your area of expertise."
"In my opinion, this class was: □outstanding
The vast majority
indicate "□outstanding" with some adding their own category of "very good."