End-of-life choices focus of free Bellingham workshops


BELLINGHAM - The nonprofit Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement has scheduled a number of free community workshops in July about making end-of-life choices.

Participants will learn why advance care planning is important; how to choose someone to be your durable power of attorney for health care; how to talk to loved ones and doctors about your preferences for end-of-life care; and how to complete advance directive paperwork.

Bellingham workshop dates and locations are:

-- Wednesday, July 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living, 223 E. Bakerview Road, just east of Meridian Street.

-- Wednesday, July 10, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Spring Creek.

-- Tuesday, July 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, near the main campus of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

-- Tuesday, July 23, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. drop-in at the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, 800 E. Chestnut St., lower level. People who have questions or need additional help may drop by, even if they've already attended a workshop.

-- Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Project Homeless Connect at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave.

Details: 360-788-6526, waha.acp@hinet.org or whatcomalliance.org. Additional workshops are pending, so go to the website or call for updated information.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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