Community Home Health & Hospice launches free, local education series

Community Home Health & Hospice is holding eight free education events for a series titled Living Fully throughout the rest of 2020. The seminars are split into four topics that aim at preparing one for end of life: advanced care planning, end of life care, recomposition burial, and making a signed healthcare power of attorney and living will in just one hour.

Honoring Choices: Advanced Care Planning

First up in the series is “Honoring Choices: Advanced Care Planning” with Senior Heroes 2019 Healthcare Professional of the Year, Linda Melton, as a speaker. She will walk through the documents and steps needed to ensure an advanced care plan is properly prepared so a dying person’s choices will be honored when they are unable to make them. The first in this pair of seminars is 3 – 4:30 pm, Wednesday, March 25 in Conference Room A at Community Home Health & Hospice, 1035 11th Ave., Longview, WA. The second is 3 – 4:30 pm, Thursday, March 26 at the Seasons of Hope Grief Center, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, WA.

New Rules for End of Life Care: A film from Barbara Karnes

Second in the series is “New Rules for End of Life Care: A film from Barbara Karnes.” The film explains the difference between caring for someone who is recovering and one who is approaching end of life. American Hospice Pioneer, Barbara Karnes, RN, will hold a Q&A after showing this award-winning film. This event will be from 3 – 5 pm on Tuesday, April 14 at the Seasons of Hope Grief Center, and from 3 – 5 pm on Wednesday, April 15 in Conference Room A at Community in Longview.

Learn about Washington’s new burial option: recomposition

Next is a pair of seminars titled “Learn about Washington’s new burial option: recomposition” with Recompose’s Anna Swenson. Starting May 1, Washingtonians will have the choice of recomposition at end of life. The first organization to offer this new burial option is Recompose in Seattle so they’re sending their expert, Anna Swenson, down to explain how compost burials work and to answer any questions. This event will be on one day only, Sunday, August 16, but with two separate times and locations: 12:30 – 2 pm at Seasons of Hope and 4 – 5:30 pm in Conference Room A at Community in Longview.

Make a Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will in 1 Hour

Last in series is “Make a Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will in 1 Hour” with Attorney Meredith Long. This working session will make planning an estate seem less intimidating. At the end of the hour, attendees will have completed a Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will. The first in this pair is 2 – 3 pm on Tuesday, September 8 at Seasons of Hope. The second is 2 – 3 pm on Thursday, September 10 in Conference Room A at Community in Longview.

Again, these seminars are free. RSVP for these events here. Walk-ins are welcome.

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