End-of-life issues at public library

Tulsa City-County Library and Clarehouse, a nonprofit community for the dying, are partnering to offer a series of free public programs to discuss end-of-life issues.

“Dying: Can We Talk?” is three interactive programs addressing the widespread need for education in goals-of-care planning and navigating the health-care system.

“Human beings don’t do death very well.  Intellectually we know our lives are finite, yet we put off facing reality until it smacks us in the face,” said Cindy Hulsey, Tulsa City-County Library adult services coordinator.  “We are often unprepared when the time comes to move our parents into assisted living or to navigate the horrors of dementia, or to figure out how to broach the taboo subjects of money, wills and last wishes.”

Each program is presented at Hardesty Regional Library, 8316 E. 93rd St.

  • “Can We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” on Oct. 27, 6:45 p.m.

Award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast will speak about her graphic memoir of the same name, which depicts her difficult journey in providing care for her elderly parents.  Her first-hand account captures moments of frustration, anger, depression, fear and exhaustion.  She’s not afraid to share her feelings of resentment and self-doubt as she struggles to deal with her parents’ slow decline.

Dr. John Schumann, president of OU-Tulsa, will introduce Chast.  Dr. Schumann holds the Gussman Chair in Internal Medicine at the OU School of Community Medicine.

  • “Can’t We Talk About Something Less Complicated?” on Nov. 3, 7 p.m.

A panel of physicians will describe the current landscape of end-of-life care on a local and national level.

  • “Can’t We Talk About Something Less Personal?” on Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

This program will features a panel of individuals with varying experiences surrounding end of life.

For more information call the AskUs Hotline, 918-549-7323, or visit www.tulsalibrary.org.