st barnabasPublic Forums to Focus on Sensitive End-of-Life Issues for Families

Many families are faced with sensitive challenges in talking with elder relatives about how to handle the inevitable end to their lives — what to do, how to go about it. Hospice of Cincinnati and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church are teaming up to provide a series of discussions that will offer pertinent information from professionals well versed in these issues.

The goal of these discussions, to be followed by question and answer exchanges, is to give families information and resources that may help them be better prepared to discuss these critical issues with elderly family members.

The five discussions, all free and open to the general public, will begin on Sept. 22, 2013, and conclude in March 2014. All of them will take place at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 10345 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Ohio.

For more information, call Dr. Peter Walzer, a St. Barnabas parishioner coordinating the sessions, at (513) 683-6177 or e-mail him at .

Details of the events and topics follow:

Conversations of a Lifetime. Sunday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m. This presentation emphasizes the importance of end-of-life conversations among patients, families, and caregivers. Volunteers will give their experiences discussing these issues with their parents.

How to Talk to Your Doctor. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Rebecca Bechhold, chief medical officer of Hospice of Cincinnati, will lead the discussion. She will offer information about talking with with your doctor about discussing serious illness and possible outcomes.

Hospice 101. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at noon. Basic information about services offered by the Hospice organization, the costs, available resources, family support, and counseling.

Panel Discussion. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at 3 p.m.Presentation by a panel of specialists including an elder-law attorney; member of the Council on Aging; representative from TriHealth Senior Link; Hospice of Cincinnati member, and a gerontologist or palliative care specialist. All will be available for questions from the audience.

Ethical and Spiritual Issues in End of Life Care. March, 2014 (specific date to be announced). This discussion will be led by an Episcopal priest. The prior series of talks will be reviewed, focusing on the major ethical and spiritual issues involved. Audience members will be encouraged to discuss what they have learned from the prior discussions, and to offer suggestions they have for future presentations.

 

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