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Thoughtful Exit Planning

A Step-by-Step Approach

to Creating Your Personal Exit File

Thoughtful Exit Planning

Eliminate the Overwhelm of Doing What You Know You Need to Do to Plan for Your Family’s Ease


A hands-on workshop in eight Zoom sessions with Sue Mackey

New Live Zoom Format
Monday afternoons, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
8 Weeks
October 26th-December 14th


We all know we need to prepare the inevitable. And yet, we don't. 


Just the thought of providing guidance to our families around our wishes for medical treatment and end-of-life can seem scary, confusing, even overwhelming. It doesn't have to be.


I invite you to take the first step toward doing what you know you need to do.


Join Sue Mackey in for Thoughtful Exit Planning, a special, eight-week,  hands-on workshop series to help you navigate your options thoughtfully and deliberately.


Together, following a simple, step-by-step approach, you'll create an “Exit File™” that reflects your desires, values and your budget, and assures that your loved ones won’t be burdened with difficult decisions at a time when they may be least able to make them.

Session Content 


Give yourself and your family peace of mind by providing a map for them of your documents and wishes in the event of you not being able to speak for yourself.​


Oct. 26:  Overview of What to Include in Your Exit File™


We will go through the Exit File™ binder I have developed that makes it manageable to “fill in the blanks” and know that you have all your bases covered. All of the possible documentation is addressed that will ultimately be a gift to your medical and financial powers of attorney and personal representative (executor). 

What exactly are Advance Directives for Healthcare?


Nov. 2:  MDPOA and Living Will: Choosing your Person to speak for you when you can’t; Discerning your Personal Values and Beliefs


We will discuss how to choose your MDPOA, the most important decision you will make regarding your end-of-life wishes. It may not be your spouse or eldest child.


The key to being able to voice your choice at the end of life is first knowing what your values and beliefs are so, using different assessment tools and conversation, we will discern what is important in death, (and thus in life!). We will also consider our emotional and spiritual legacy.


Nov 9:  CPR -A lifeline or a Curse? / Understanding the MOST form / Hospice / Shovel Buddies

  • We will discuss when it is appropriate to have a CPR Directive based upon statistics around survival to an acceptable quality of life.

  • As a signed doctor’s order, The MOST form can be an incredibly useful  tool for getting your wishes met.

  • When is it appropriate to enroll in hospice, and what services do they provide?

  • Aren’t you dying to know what a shovel buddy is and why you might need one?



Nov 16:  Exit Ramps


The number one question that arises during these classes is “What are my options for getting out of here if I decide that I’m done?”  We’ll discuss the Medical Aid in Dying law, VSED (Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking), refusal of life-prolonging treatments, and more underground options for exiting one’s earthly body.



Nov. 23:  Two Critical Pieces of your Advance Directives --Dementia Directives & Your My Wishes for My End-of-Life Care Personal Statement 


The standard Living Will only comes in to play in very limited circumstances and does not address the stronger likelihood of our biggest fear, living with advanced dementia. Thus,  including a specific dementia directive will give guidance to your caregivers.


Your wishes for your treatment at the end-of-life will hold much more weight if they are relayed in your own words in a Personal Statement, rather than as initials on a form written  in legalese  We will utilize a template that I developed as a thought-jogger in order to address the many aspects of end-of-life treatment, such as definition of quality of life, dementia, aggressive treatments, financial considerations, hospice preferences, etc.



Nov. 30: Pulling it all together

Options for what to do with your documents so that they will be available when you need them. Adding an ICE contact  to your phone. Writing a will memorandum for personal property. Writing a love letter. Personal Reflections. Questions and clarifications.



Dec. 7:  Green burials and Organ and Body Donations

There are options for body disposition beyond conventional burial and cremation, including

green burial, flameless cremation and in the near future, composting.


As part of this discussion we will consider the often-confusing options of live organ donation for transplant and whole body donation.

Dec.14:  Making your Funeral and Memorial Arrangements

It has been proven that families way over-spend when they have to make funeral arrangements for a loved one while still in shock and deep grief. And if they don’t know what you would have wanted, they are left to guess. So we will walk through the process “up-stream” as a gift to your family. You may even be inspired to write your own obituary!


Many other topics will arise during our interactive sessions and much support for the process of compiling of all of your documentation.


Where:  On Zoom!


$30/Session if you pay as you go; Discounted to $210 for all 8 sessions

plus required $60 materials fee for indexed Exit File™ step-by-step binder


RSVP by Friday, October 23rd

to Sue Mackey at or 720-884-6878

(Min. Class size of 6/ Max of 12)

And, as always, if you would like one-to-one support in addressing your end-of-life preparations, please reach out to me directly. I'll be happy to work with you using Zoom.



Group size is limited to 12 participants
Advance Registration Required by October 25th


$200 Full Series - Eight Sessions 

$30 per session if paid individually


$60 Materials Fee (required)

Includes indexed Exit File™ step-by-step binder 



$30 registration only

FULL SErIES +Exit File

$210 Registration + 

$60 Exit File binder

a $30 Savings

Reserve Your Place for the Entire Series

+Exit File


$30 Registration + 

$60 Exit File binder

 Questions? Prefer to RSVP Offline? or register for select classes?

Contact Sue at or 720-884-6878


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