End-of-life choices focus of free Whatcom County workshops in September


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

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

Workshop dates and locations are:

• Wednesday, Sept. 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living, 223 E. Bakerview Road, just east of Meridian Street.

• Monday, Sept. 9, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Deming Public Library, 5044 Mount Baker Highway.

• Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, near the main campus of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

• Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living.

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. On the website, select "end of life choices" under "services."

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

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