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Having Your Voice to the End of Your Life

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Having Your Voice to the End of Your Life

Time: April 2, 2012 all day
Location: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Phone: 215-563-3980
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Dr. Mark B. Peterson
Latest Activity: Mar 20, 2012

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Mondays at 7:00 pm from April 2 - 23, 2012, $20  Only 10% to 25% of adults in the U.S. have end-of-life legal documentation. Many "Advanced Medical Directives", "Living Wills", or "Medical Proxy" forms are vague and can be countermanded by regulations or grieving relatives who wish for "all measures to be taken" to keep the patient alive whether he or she wants that action taken. When this occurs, it is often fruitless, costly (in some cases bankrupting survivors), and does not achieve the desired end. Instead it can be painful and extend and decrease the quality of life. Thinking about end of life is not easy for anyone. This Seminar will help you to address these issues and to express in detail on provided forms what your wishes are for your medical care at the end of your life should you be unable to make your own decisions. In effect, you will improve your capacity to make difficult decisions both for yourself and for any person for whom you hold a proxy.  This is accomplished by being exposed to many real cases which reveal what happens if you do not have a medical proxy and/or have not provided clear instructions on how you want your life to conclude. Explanations about Palliative Care and Hospice and other issues  will be included. You will also have a chance to develop a plan for presenting your wishes to your family.  Couples who do or will hold proxies for each other are strongly encouraged to attend. At the end of the Seminar, you will have completed instructions which can be witnessed and provided to your doctor, your attorney, and your family which express in your voice, what you want at the end of your life. Mark B. Peterson, ED.D. is a retired psychologist, consultant, and educator with many years of experience. He has helped individuals, couples, and families make complex decisions. Disclaimer:  Medical and legal advice will not be provided. The seminar leader will only provide consultation to those wishing to find their voice to express their wishes for the end of their life.

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Comment by Anne Slater on February 28, 2012 at 11:19am

I am really looking forward to this. Alas I must miss the first class. If you can email me what that class covers, I can let you know what I have done so far (eg, advance medical directive, will, medical power of attorney-- maybe that is a good start!)


Comment by Martha Copithorne on March 20, 2012 at 5:20pm

I will also miss the first class,



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