St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1063 Prim Road, Colchester, hosts an End of Life Café Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m. The free discussion, open to the public, will offer the opportunity to learn and talk about all aspects of death including medical and financial needs, legal issues, funeral arrangements, and more.
In addition, the gathering provides a forum to ask questions about advance directives, health proxies, revocable trusts, living wills, or power of attorney, and how to protect a financial portfolio from probate. Other issues to be discussed include organ donations, the cost of a funeral or cremation, Hospice care, and last rites and other observances for the departed family member.
Panelists include attorney Herb Downing of Kolvoord Overton Wilson, P.C.; Interfaith Chaplain Rev. Rick Neu of the University of Vermont Medical Center Palliative Care; Carol Pritchard, a funeral direction with Boucher & Pritchard Funeral Home, Corey Carmichael of the McClure Miller Respite House and UVM Medical Center Home, Health, and Hospice. Also, a financial planner will be on hand.
Panel members will give a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. Refreshments of tea and cake will be served after the event. According to organizers, the goal of the discussion is to provide a safe learning environment for anyone wishing to know more about this final stage of life. For more information, and to RSVP, call 802-658-0533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.