What a phrase … end of life. None of us really want to talk about it or even think about it. Yet, at some point in our lives, we will have to deal with the death of a family member or even our very own deaths.
Preparing in advance for such an occasion may help you make more informed decisions and better manage the grieving process. Lone Star College–North Harris and Houston Northwest Medical Center will co-host a Labor of Love: End-of-Life Forum on Saturday, Sept. 19, to help attendees learn how to prepare and deal with end-of-life issues.
“End-of-life issues touch countless lives, and sadly, many people–including professional and lay caregivers–are often ill equipped to respond to the needs of patients, congregants, or loved ones as they embark on these life-altering and unimaginable journeys,” says Chaplain Paul Polk of Houston Northwest Medical Center. “The effectiveness in addressing these complex issues may be enhanced by the knowledge gained through attending this forum.”
The forum will begin with a discussion on power of attorney for health care and advance directives/living wills, and will end with a discussion regarding a person’s last five wishes. A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. In addition to the morning keynote and afternoon closing speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to attend three sessions of their choosing. Health care professionals can qualify for .5 CEU credits.
Currently, scheduled topics* include: Elder Care with a Focus on Alzheimer’s, Hospice Care, Understanding Futile Care, Making Funeral Arrangements, Organ Donation/Give the Gift of Life, Will and Estate Planning, Funeral Negotiations, Moral Distress, Funeral Museum Presentation, Elder Law and Medicaid, Ethics and Decision Making And Coping with Grief. *Scheduled topics are subject to change.
Labor of Love: End of Life Forum is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lone Star College-North Harris in the Fine Arts Building, Performing Arts Theatre located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a seat and register, call 281.618.5634 or 281.618.5602 and use registration #15639 (CPGRO 3000006 NN100). For more information about the forum, please call Carole Wiater, coordinator for LSC–North Harris Academy for Lifelong Learning, at 281.765.7947.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. It is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.
Director of Public Relations and Special Events
Lone Star College-North Harris
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073