March 2018 Public Events

Friday, March 9, 2018, 1 PM to 3 PM:
Courageous Conversations
Cost: Free, Open to the community
Sponsored by: Laugh Fest, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Location: 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“Based on interviews journalist Sue Schroder had with Sister Sue Tracy before she died, we explore the courageous conversations we have with ourselves, with our medical team and with our family and friends. Panel discussion with Dr. Dave Sharp, Sue Schroder, Jon Beckett, Carol Robinson, Martie Bradley, and Molly Keating. Two hours of CE credit is available for social workers and registered nurses. CE cost is $10 per certificate. Register for CEs at”

For more information, contact Gilda’s Club GR: (616) 453-8300

Sunday, March 11, 2018, 9:40 AM to 10:40 AM:
Adult Faith Formation Offerings
Sponsored by: Westminister Presbyterian Church
Location: 47 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 8 AM to 4 PM:
Pain Management at the End of Life: It’s More Than Medication
Sponsored by: Greater Grand Rapids End of Life Coalition
Location: Prince Conference Center, Calvin College: 1800 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Speakers: Dr. Dan Maison, Carol Hendershot, and Barb Meconis

“This conference will provide a holistic understanding of pain management at the end of life. Sessions will discuss pharmacological therapies, opioid use for pain management, mindfulness and self-care, and the interactions between pain and behavioral health. It will introduce clinical interventions for pain management including mindfulness exercises and a pain management tool kit.”

For more information or to register visit:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6 PM to 7:30 PM:
It’s About the Conversation: Advance Care Planning
Sponsored by: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
Presented by Carol Robinson, Making Choices Michigan
Location: 1806 Bridge Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6 PM to 7:30 PM:
Advance Directives and Living Wills
Sponsored by: Spectrum Healthier Communities
Presented by Carol Robinson, Making Choices Michigan
Location: 665 Seward Avenue NW, Suite 110, Grand Rapids.

“Have you ever thought about who would make medical decisions for you if you were not able? Have you heard about a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care? Is an Advance Directive the same thing as a Living Will? do you really need one? If you want to learn about your right to appoint someone to make treatment decisions for you when you are unable to do so, please join Carol Robinson, DNP, RN, Community Coordinator of Making Choices Michigan for this informative session.”

Please register online for this FREE presentation at or by phone at (616) 267-2626, option 4 then option 2.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Defining Hope Screening and Panel Discussion presented by Walden University and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s
Location: Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids, 360 S. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids.

“We understand the critical role healthcare professionals play at the most fragile junctures of a patient’s life. Defining Hope sheds light on these heartbreaking moments – Defining Hope honors you. Experience the truly moving stories of those who are faced with end-of-life decisions, alongside your fellow colleagues from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.”

For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM:
First Steps® Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training
Location: Making Choices Michigan, 770 Kenmoor Ave. SE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Instructors: Carol Robinson, DNP, RN, CHPN, Rose Seavolt, BSN, RN, CCP, and Nicky Lewis, LMSW

For more information and to register, visit: