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


The nonprofit Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement has scheduled free community workshops in March 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.

Workshops are in Bellingham unless otherwise noted. The dates are:

-- Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Spring Creek Retirement & Assisted Living, 223 E. Bakerview Road, just east of Meridian Street.

-- Tuesday, March 11, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Blaine Public Library, 610 3rd St.

-- Wednesday, March 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Spring Creek.

-- Tuesday, March 18, 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St.

-- Tuesday, March 18, 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.

-- Tuesday, March 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Everson Public Library, 104 Kirsch Drive.

Details: 360-788-6526, waha.acp@hinet.org or whatcomalliance.org.

Additional workshops are pending, so go to the website for updated information. On the website, select "end of life choices" under "services."

Registration isn't required.

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

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