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Please note: all of the events listed below are open to the public. 

October 8

"Ethical Wills and Funeral Planning" 
 When: 10:30am-noon
 Where: Temple Emanuel, 1715 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids MI 49503
 Information: Questions? Contact the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids at 616-942-5553
Beginning October 9

“What to Know Before You Go”, a series of presentations on end-of-life, will be held consecutive Mondays in October, from 6:30 to 8 pm, Hosted by St. Mark Lutheran Church, 4475 Henry Street, Muskegon MI 49441

Oct. 9: “I’m Dying to Talk With You” by Dave Kampfschulte. Dave uses humor to open the  serious subject of this series. 
Oct 16: Amy Geldersma, LMSW, from Hospice on medical issues and advance directives
Oct 23: Chad D’Avignon speaking on “Peace of Mind”

If there is interest, the series will also include a panel discussion on October 30 by those who have experienced loss of a loved one and successfully coped with that loss. Please sign up on the bulletin board so enough materials and snacks will be available. The community is welcome to attend. We thank Thrivent Financial and Hospice for sponsoring these events. 

Call the church at 231-798-2197 to reserve a free space and ensure you receive materials to take home.

For more information please contact Nancy Wittkopp at 780-3640.

October 13-14

"Michigan Advance Care Planning Conference: Strengthen Best Practices & Community Engagement" 
 When: Friday, October 13 (full-day) and Saturday October 14 (half-day)
 Where: Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 South Creyts Road, Lansing MI 48917
 Information: Register at , call 517-908-8241 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 

People are sharing...

I want to thank you both for making this (Advance Care Planning) happen for me. The experience really helped me think through some of my wishes. It gave me some specifics to talk about with my children so that they will understand me and my needs better. They will be surprised that I would like to be in residential hospice if that is necessary. I feel more at peace about the future, even though I probably will never wrap my mind around not “being!”
                                                                                  — Judy

Quote from member of audience of I'm Dying to Talk with You - "I just realized my patient advocate died 5 years ago!"  Just one more reason why one should periodically check Advance Directives.  
                                                                                 — Dave K with Amazing Circles

"The Facilitator’s expertise and kind demeanor made this process simple and effective. It also provided a sense of comfort to know that these questions have been addressed and the answers documented."
                                                                                 — B D

"Making an Advance Directive is the responsible thing for an adult to do. Do this when you are healthy and can make your wishes known. An Advance Directive is a gift to the survivors. It's the last gift you can give them."
                                                                                 — C V


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