“Choices at the End of Life,” a week-long series, will explore the ethical and practical issues we all face. This series was stimulated by the placement of Question 2 on the Massachusetts ballot, “Prescribing Medication to End Life.” The lead event will be a panel discussion, “The Pros and Cons of the ‘Death with Dignity’ Initiative,” moderated by Richard Knox of NPR. Workshops and presentations during the week will deal with Hospice, Legal Issues at the End of Life, Helping children and Adolescents Cope with Death and The 5 Wishes. The final event will be a moderated panel of Lexington clergy of varying faiths examining death and dying from their own religious perspectives. This project is funded by The Elizabeth Howe Lecture Fund. All events are open to the public and free of charge. Advance registration is requested.
Sunday, October 21, 3 – 5 pm. The Pros and Cons of the Death with Dignity Initiative. Moderator, Richard Knox, NPR. Panelists: Dr.Marcia Angell, Harvard Medical School; Dr. Mark Rollo, Family Practice, Fitchburg; John Kelly, Director, Second Thoughts; and Steve Crawford, Communications Director, Dignity 2012.
Tuesday, October 23, 7 – 9 pm. Hospice and Palliative Care: What are they? Mary Crowe, LICSW, ASHP-SW, Education Coordinator and Liaison, Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston.
Wednesday, October 24, 7 -9 pm. Legal Issues at the End of Life, Harriet Holzman Onello, Attorney, Lexington.
Thursday October 25, 7 – 9 pm. How to Have the Conversation about Choices: The Five Wishes. Facilitators: Cindy Anderson, Marilyn Campbell, Sharon Grady and Brenda Prusak.
Saturday, October 27, 10 am – 12pm. Helping Children and Teens Understand and Cope with Death. Deborah Rivlin, M.A. Director of Education and Training, The Children’s Room, Arlington.
Sunday, October 28, 3 -5 pm. Religious Views of Death and Dying. Moderator: David Stevenson, PhD, Harvard Medical School. Panelists: Members of the Lexington Interfaith Clergy association.
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