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Laugh & Learn: Vital Healthcare Conversations at ‘Life is a Journey’ Education Series

Life is a Journey features former “SNL” star Julia Sweeney for a powerful evening of humor and education on love and loss and why having an understanding of advance care planning is vital. Learn more about this event and reserve your seat today.

Everyone has a story. For many of us, that story includes a moment when the phone rings and suddenly our world is thrown upside down, as we race to stand beside a loved one or friend who has been diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness.

You are not alone. JourneyCare is here to help. On April 9, 2019, Julia Sweeney, the former Saturday Night Live comedian and author, will share lessons learned through her brother’s struggle with terminal cancer and her own diagnosis of a rare cervical cancer, just weeks before his death. She knows up-close-and-personal what it’s like to juggle parenting a teenage daughter, being a wife, caregiving for her aging parents and struggling to keep her own well-being.“I know what it’s like when a loved one is dying, and everyone is pretending he is not dying and how painful that can be,” says the now aged 58, Sweeney, who last summer moved back to Hollywood after living in Wilmette and raising her daughter with her husband during the last decade. “I’ve had three deaths in my immediate family and two were much less painful because we did some advanced planning and knew their wishes. I am very passionate about giving directives in advance, so your loved ones know what you want.”

Supported by philanthropic efforts and generous donors of JourneyCare, the annual event is among a series of programs held to educate the public on important issues when facing serious illness, end-of-life, and helping caregivers. Moderators Elise and Ron Magers will discuss with Sweeney how she turned to life-affirming humor and discovered her natural ability to create comedy from life’s cruel and frightening moments during her family members’ illnesses and end of life. She also will share lessons on what to do and what not to do in caring for someone with serious illness.

Life is a Journey will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the McDonald’s Campus/Hamburger University, 2715 Jorie Blvd. Oak Brook, Illinois. Tickets are $25 and include appetizers, refreshments and parking. Reserve your seats today.

julia sweeney hosts life is a journey
life is a journey

Tuesday, April 9
Hamburger University
2715 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.)
Tickets: $25 each

 

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