End-of-life planning session to be offered in Rockland

Posted April 25, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A group of local organizations committed to healthy aging will offer a special event aimed at demystifying end-of-life planning 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Salvation Army, Route 1. Sessions will include “Advance Directives,” “Medical Considerations” and “Treatment/Service Options for End-of-Life Planning” presented by Dr. Ira Mandel and Nurse Susan Watkins of Kno-Wal-Lin Homecare and Hospice; “Spiritual Considerations” with the Rev. Kate Braestrup, author and chaplain to the Maine Warden Service; “Funeral/Burial Options,” “Memorial Services,” and “Writing Your Own Obituary,” with interfaith chaplain Eva Thompson; and “Ten Steps to Ease the Way for Those I Leave Behind,” with attorney Pamela Terry Esq. of the Camden firm of McKittrick & Warren, P.A.

After the program, participants will also have an opportunity to receive one-on-one assistance with completing their own advance directives.

Braestrup’s books “Here If You Need Me,” “Marriage and Other Acts of Charity” and “Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life” will be available for purchase and signing.

The program’s organizers include Kno-Wal-Lin Homecare and Hospice, Knox County Community Health Coalition, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Penquis, Quarry Hill Retirement Community and Spectrum Generations.

The session is free of charge and will include a light breakfast and lunch, catered by Midcoast School of Technology. Advance registration is required by calling Spectrum Generations at 596-0339. Free transportation to and from the event, with pick up points in Rockport, Thomaston and Union is available courtesy of Penobscot Bay YMCA and All Aboard Trolley. For details and to register, call Spectrum Generations.

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