Whatcom County clergy invited to end-of-life care discussion

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 21, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Clergy, health ministers, chaplains and parish nurses are among those invited to a conversation about end-of-life care.

Faith-based leaders have until Thursday, Oct. 24, to RSVP for one of two spots.

Both meetings are 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway in Bellingham.

The meetings are hosted by the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, a nonprofit leading a new effort in Whatcom County called End-of-Life Choices Advance Care Planning Initiative.

The goal is to help Whatcom County residents make clear what kind of end-of-life medical care they want, or don't want, via a written plan they make now, in case they can't communicate their wishes later.

The two meetings aren't open to the general public or general members of faith communities, organizers said.

Among the topics of discussion will be the role the faith community has in helping people talk about and share their values, beliefs and choices.

RSVP by calling 360-788-6526 or emailing jdickelman@hinet.org.

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

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