Mortality over Muffins program looks at end-of-life planning

Our days and lives are filled with decisions. Some quite small (what to have for snack today), and many are quite large (where to live, work, and who to share our life with).
At every stage of our life, we make decisions to match the life we want to lead, to meet our own personal wishes. Yet there is one stage of life where we often leave the decisions to others, End-of-Life. This can be very difficult for loved ones and the decisions made may not reflect our true wishes. Through Mortality over Muffins, RVNA hospice experts help us take a more thoughtful, rewarding, and even enjoyable role in our end-of-life planning.
Mortality over Muffins is an informal, café-style program for all ages and the intent is simple: to get everybody thinking and talking about end-of-life wishes and decisions — well before they happen. If we take the time to do this now, it will make the ends of our lives more meaningful and less stressful for both ourselves and our loved ones. It will reflect who we are, what we want, and what is most important to us.
Mortality over Muffins is a two-part program. Session 1 is for discussion, education, stories. Session 2 is for participants to share their thoughts, progress, and experiences in the weeks following the first session.
Mortality over Muffins is led by Cindy Merritt, MSW, LCSW. As RVNA’s Hospice Social Worker, Merritt is dedicated to supporting, comforting, and educating hospice patients and their families. She collaborates with RVNA hospice nurses, physicians on staff, and chaplains in the community to ensure that each patient’s medical, emotional, and spiritual needs are fully met.
The Mortality over Muffins program is sponsored by the Union Savings Bank Foundation. Programs are being held this spring in Ridgefield, Danbury, and Southbury.
Mortality over Muffins in Ridgefield will take place at the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main Street, in the Dayton Program Room. Part I is on Thursday, May 23 and Part II is on Thursday, June 6. Both sessions run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to 16 participants.
For more information, contact RVNA at 203-438-5555. To register for Mortality over Muffins, visit the Ridgefield Library online at