Do you have an end-of-life plan?

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TOWNSHEND — If you were hit by a bus tomorrow and were in the hospital on life support, who would make medical decisions on your behalf? If you died, who would speak at your funeral and where would you be laid to rest?

While these are not things we want to think about, it is best to make your wishes known in an 'Advance Directive'.

April 14 to 19 is Vermont Advance Directive Week. In recognition, Grace Cottage is offering a free Advance Directive informational meeting and Q&A on Wednesday, April 17, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., led by Community Health Team Care Coordinator Claire Bemis, RN.

According to the Vermont Ethics Network, 82% of people say it is important to put their end-of-life wishes in writing, but only 23% have actually done so.

Come to the meeting on April 17 for an overview of the process and to have questions answered. At any time, you may schedule a free appointment with CHT member Claire Bemis, RN to help you complete the process and register your information at no cost.

To learn more about Advance Care Planning, and to download Advance Directive forms, visit www.takingstepsvt.org. A planning booklet and forms can also be picked up at the Grace Cottage Family Health clinic and at the meeting.

The April 17 meeting will be held in the Bill Berry Room (next to cafeteria), Grace Cottage Hospital. No registration is required. For more information, contact Claire at 802-365-3763.

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