This event is free and open to the public.
A new book by professional mediators helps families navigate the challenges associated with aging parents, overcome past hurts and resentment, and talk openly with one another in love and understanding.
In their mediation practice, Carolyn Miller Parr and Sig Cohen discovered that families in distress more often than not experience pain from two main sources: broken family relationships, and a parent’s failure to plan for the future. Love’s Way: Living Peacefully With Your Family As Your Parents Age is their answer to this problem.
Parr and Cohen found that many older adults resist engaging in “The Conversation” about their wills, plans, and wishes as they age because they fear losing their independence and the freedom to change their minds. Adult children hesitate to push the issue because they’re afraid they’ll upset their parents or seem greedy. And both
parents and children hate to think about their parents’ death.
But according to the authors, it is necessary to have these conversations and plan for the future to avoid hurt, anger, and rifts in the family unit.
Ten practical chapters including “Transforming Fear and Anger,” “Siblings in War and Peace,” “Scaling the Twin Peaks of Paperwork and Planning,” and “Dying and Death” guide family members through the ups and downs of growing old together. Both aging parents and adult children will learn “10 Tips to Diffuse Anger,” how to have difficult conversations with empathy and understanding, and the proper legal documents that all aging adults need.
Carolyn Miller Parr is a daughter, wife, and mother who has also been a judge, pastor, mediator, workshop leader, nonprofit founder, and family caregiver. She co-authored her late husband Jerry Parr's memoir, In The Secret Service (2013) and has been published in USA Today, Redbud Post, Ready Magazine, and Englewood Review. She
lives on Spa Creek in Annapolis with her husband, James Le Gette.
A former foreign service officer, Sig Cohen has worked as a mediator, fundraiser, and community organizer. He has mediated cases for both the DC Superior Court and in private practice for more than 15 years. In 1999 he and his wife, Susan, founded the Hill Havurah, a thriving Jewish community in Washington, DC where he resides. He holds a BS from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of Chicago. He is the father of two and grandfather of three.