Collaborative Workshop Sheds New Light on End-of-Life Decisions




Erika Balm




Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Roper & Sons and the University of Nebraska-Omaha are pleased to invite the public to a visionary and collaborative workshop, Begin with the End in Mind, to be held this fall on Tabitha’s main campus in Lincoln.


Begin with the End in Mind invites participants to lift the veil from the often negative stereotypes associated with end-of-life planning and to live life building your story, your legacy. First presented at the University of Nebraska Omaha and met with overwhelming success, this free workshop is now available in Lincoln.


“The subject struck a chord with my colleagues and me,” said Julie Masters, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of gerontology at UNO and a co-developer of the series. “It invites people to think about life differently, to live life the way you want it to turn out. It helps to get people comfortable talking about end-of-life issues because, truly, if you’re talking about death, what you’re really talking about is life.”


The series includes three sessions led by four of Nebraska’s celebrated visionaries in end-of-life care. Part one explores writing your own obituary, instructed by Dr. Masters and Paige Toller, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant director of UNO’s school of communication. Part two features Steve Olson, funeral director at Roper & Sons, and explores both the informative and compassionate sides of funeral planning. The final session is led by Tabitha Hospice Medical Director and champion of end-of-life and palliative care, Dr. Lisa Mansur, MD, FCCP, FACP, to discuss planning and protecting your end-of-life wishes.


The workshop series is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To register, call the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at 402.476.6265, visit or email Sessions will be held the second Friday of September (12th), October (10th) and November (14th) from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Tabitha’s LifeQuest Conference Center, 4720 Randolph St., Lincoln. 


As a nonprofit organization serving 28 Nebraska counties, Tabitha’s love embraces a society where everyone is valued and empowered to live life to the fullest, with compassionate at-home support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, health care and hospice services. For answers to all your aging questions, tune in to Tabitha’s Answers on Aging, airing each Saturday morning, 9:30 a.m. on KFOR 1240 AM, or subscribe to Tabitha’s quarterly magazine, The Answer, at