Nurture, Wellness, and Member Care 

The mission of the Nurture, Wellness, and Member Care ministries is to to encourage fellowship and hospitality among members and friends of WUMC and welcome new members. These ministries nurture members and friends through hospital, nursing home, and homebound visitation ministries. This team also oversees the prayer chain, meal ministry, coffee hour, and the annual reunion of the Forty Fellowship.

A primary focus of the Member Care ministry is to bring the word of God to those who are unable to attend worship service and share church on-goings with those who can no longer be a visual member of the church.

On this page, you will find information about Advance Care Planning that will help you deal with end of life issues and a list of resources for Caregivers. You will also find information about how to arrange a funeral or memorial service at WUMC, links to resources that may be helpful when planning a funeral, and other links for other important Life Issues.


Information and Links for Seniors and Caregivers

Help with Prescription Costs

You may have noticed that beginning in 2012, New York EPIC coverage is no longer available as a day-to-day drug plan. Instead, EPIC will now only assist you with filling the gap in your Medicare Part D coverage plan, which is commonly known as the “donut hole.”

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance organization may be able to help you arrange to get your drugs at a discount rate. If you are having problems with covering the costs of your prescription medications, call 1-888-477-2669, visit, or call Senior Services Insurance Resource Center at 716-858-7883 for more information.

Caring Corner Book Suggestions

Glimpses of Heaven: True stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey by Trudy Harris, RN
A former hospice nurse and President of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. Ms. Harris is now retired and lives in Florida with her husband.

Crossing the Threshold of Eternity: What the Dying Can Teach the Living by Robert L. Wise
The author of numerous articles and twenty-nine books, including When There is No Miracle, When the Night is Too Long, and People of the Covenant series. Dr. Wise is an archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Church.

"Memory Café" at Weinberg Campus

Have you ever been to a Memory Cafe? Weinberg Campus at Garden House has a Memory Cafe where family caregivers and their memory-impaired loved ones can gather for shared fun and activities. Refreshments are provided and friendships are made in a low stress, dementia-friendly setting. For more information about this free Memory Cafe at the Weinberg Campus, call 858-2177 to reserve your spot or email This program is provided by the Erie County Caregiver Coalition. All are welcome.


Links for Caregivers

If you are responsible for providing care for a family member or friend, our hope is that the information in this section will provide some support, direction, and encouragement.
Listed below are several links to Web sites that provide a variety of services and information to caregivers.

Family Caregiver Alliance ( provides a public voice for caregivers. They provide programs on information, services, education, research, and advocacy that support and sustain the important work of individuals and families who care for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. 

National Family Caregivers Association ( educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

Caregiver Media Group ( is a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for caregivers, about caregivers, and by caregivers. They publish Today's Caregiver magazine, organize "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and their Web site includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms, and an online store. 

Caring Connections (, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of planning for future medical care in case you are unable to make your own decisions. Advance Care Planning assists you in preparing for a sudden unexpected illness from which you expect to recover, as well as the dying process and ultimately death. Your Advance Care Planning is a gift you can give to yourself and your family since it helps avoid confusion and conflict in a time of crisis. It provides increased control and peace of mind. You make decisions regarding your medical care while you are still able. It is the first step in assuring your wishes will be honored.

The Advance Care Planning process usually involves creating the following documents:

Health Care Proxy and Living Will - These documents are used to clearly state your wishes and decisions about end of life issues such as artificial nutrition and/or hydration. If there is no Health Care Proxy form or clear and convincing evidence of your wishes, then decisions about your care may be made by the New York State government. Free copies of a Health Care Proxy and Living Will can be obtained from the New York Bar Association. When completing the Health Care Proxy and Living Will, you will be asked to designate a Spokesperson who will represent your wishes if you are unable to speak for yourself. After completing this document, it is important to have a conversation with your Spokesperson about your end-of-life wishes and decisions.

Five Wishes Document - This document, which can be obtained from "Aging with Dignity," helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person's needs including medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual.

Ethical Will - This document provides a great way for you to share your values and life story with your children and family. An Ethical Will is a nonlegal document that typically imparts beliefs, lessons learned in life, and your hopes and wishes for loved ones. To learn more about Ethical Wills, visit

Resources Available at WUMC

Please help yourself to the following resources that are located in the display racks in the Narthex. The variety of brochures contain information that is sure to answer many of your questions. Also, feel free to contact Barbara Saltarella with questions about these and other resources that are available through our Nurture and Wellness ministry.

  • Upon My Death and The Christian Funeral: A Service of Death and Resurrection in the United Methodist Tradition pamphlets provided by WUMC's Memorials Committee
  • Insurance Resource Center brochures on a variety of topics including Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance. Additional information about long-term care and long-term insurance is available at
  • Federal Trade Commission for the Consumer brochures on topics such as reverse mortgages, Identity Theft, and Credit Reports
  • Erie County brochures on topics for caregivers, resources for older adults, and nursing homes in our area. More information about services provided for seniors in Erie County is available at



Organ and Tissue Donation: United Methodist Church View

Organ and tissue donation can take many forms from donating a kidney or bone marrow to stem cell donation and organ donation a the time of death. Organ donation can be done by a living donor, which is a person who donates a duplicate organ in his/her body such as a kidney. Organs and tissue can also be donated from a deceased person, which is a wonderful way to give the gift of life to others. The United Methodist Book of Discipline contains a section titled "The Social Community" that includes the following important paragraph:

"We believe that organ transplantation and organ donation are acts of charity, agape love, and self sacrifice. We recognize the life giving benefits of organ and other tissue donation and encourage all people of faith to become organ and tissue donors as part of their love and ministry to others in need."

Additional information on organ and tissue donation is available from the following Web sites:

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