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Author Offers Insights about Preparing for Death
While Savoring Life during Webinar on Nov. 8
Rev. J. Dana Trent to Speak at Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern N.J.’s Annual Meeting
Montclair, N.J. (Oct. 21, 2020) – The keynote speaker at the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern New Jersey’s (FCANNJ) virtual Annual Meeting on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., is author J. Dana Trent. During the Zoom webinar, Rev. Trent will stress the importance of families taking time to discuss a loved one’s end-of-life care and arrangements after death, well before the person dies. She provides useful guidance on these topics and helpful resources in her 2019 book Dessert First: Preparing for Death While Savoring Life.
For more information about viewing the Annual Meeting and posing questions to the speaker, visit the FCANNJ website (www.fcannj.org) or call 973-346-2423. The first 20 people who register for and join the Annual Meeting will receive a copy of Rev. Trent’s book.
The author encourages everyone to personally plan for end-of-life care and make practical arrangements for their remains at death. She also recommends sharing those plans with someone who may advocate for those wishes, and then assisting someone to do the same. Her book also discusses anticipating, acknowledging and grieving the loss of a loved one.
The book’s title, “Dessert First”, derives from Trent’s experience sharing family meals. When a tough, painful or uncomfortable topic needed to be discussed, Trent’s mother came up with the approach of ordering dessert before selecting the main course, then discussing that topic. Eating dessert first sweetened up tough conversations so the family could enjoy the remainder of the meal—and time together.
Early in her career as a Baptist minister, Trent served as the Medicine Service Intensive Care Unit (MICU) hospital chaplain of a North Carolina Level One Trauma Center. Night and day, the most critically-ill or severely-injured patients were admitted to the MICU, as well as people with chronic medical conditions. Throughout her one-year residency, she counseled the families of more than 200 patients, of all ages, who were transitioning from life to death.
“Today,” Trent notes, “that topic is literally on our doorstep. According to Scientific American, COVID-19 is now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Restrictions by hospitals and assisted living centers are extremely strict, therefore family conversations about end-of-life care and decisions must start now.”
Rev. J. Dana Trent’s Biography :
Rev. Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and professor of World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh, N.C. An ordained Baptist minister and former hospital chaplain, her work has appeared on Time.com and in Religion News Service, Sojourners, Religion Dispatches and The Christian Century. Dessert First is her fourth book. Her website is https://jdanatrent.com/.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern New Jersey (FCANNJ) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization, which is completely separate from funeral, cremation and burial ground businesses or operations. Its mission is to provide objective funeral advice that people and families may trust and help people become educated funeral consumers. FCANNJ, which is part of the nationwide Funeral Consumers Alliance, is based in Montclair, N.J. and the organization’s website address is www.fcannj.org.