Not everyone wants to talk about it, think about it or even do anything about it, but eventually everyone will meet up with the end of their life.

Hospice of Acadiana and Reverend Keith LaBove, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church will be teaming up with four free community workshops to deal with "end of life matters".

LaBove says that all to often, we leave important decisions about the end of our lives until the end our lives, and we sometimes don't understand the church teachings about these issues.

Reverend LaBove says,

"As a pastor and long-time hospital chaplain, I have seen first-hand the struggles many families face at the bedside. By having these conversations with our loved ones now, before the time of crisis, we are all better prepared to make the decisions that come our way, respecting wishes and making good choices."

There will be four different workshops that people can attend in August.  You do not have to pre-register.

The workshops are as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 1st, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 224 West 5th St. in Crowley at the parish Hall.
  • Wednesday, August 2nd, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 406 East Pinhook Road in Lafayette
  • Tuesday, August 8th, 6-7:30 p.m., Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 747 North Union St. in Opelousas at the parish hall.
  • Wednesday, August 9th, 6-7:30 p.m., Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 2514 Old Jeanerette Rd in New Iberia at the parish hall.

Hospice of Acadiana President Lewis Bernard says,

"Part of Hospice of Acadiana's mission is to be an educational resource center in the areas of death, dying, terminal illness and related fields. As an organization, we are committed to providing the citizens of Acadiana accurate information so they can make informed decisions for themselves and their loved ones when that time comes."

If you need more information about the free workshops or hospice and palliative care you can call 337-232-1234 or go to