Friday, September 9, 2011

Free talk focuses on end-of-life issues

Seminar set for Thursday, Sept. 15, in Ketchum


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Sometimes the most difficult conversations are the ones we most need to have.

The public is invited to a free seminar next Thursday, Sept. 15, on health-care directives and other end-of-life issues hosted by Dr. Bonni Curran, attorney Jill Eshman and hospice nurse Carolyn Nystrom.

Curran said the idea for the seminar came about a few months ago as she and Eshman were discussing questions that many people dread but should in fact be seen as an opportunity.

"People are absolutely unprepared about end-of-life decisions," Curran said, noting that people will discuss just about anything except that.

When a loved one passes away, a difficult time can be made even worse by the administration of affairs that are not in order.

"As children and as parents, how do we deal with that?" she said. "We're opening the conversation to the community."

Preparation can help ease this inescapable fact of life.

Presenters will offer ways to make informed medical and financial decisions concerning end-of-life issues—before those decisions are left to loved ones caring for us as we age.

The seminar will be at 5 p.m. at the Wood River YMCA in Ketchum.

For more information, call 727-1700 or email leigh@jeshmanlaw.com. RSVPs are requested.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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