Well, that’s a loaded question coming from me isn’t it?  It’s that time of year again – National Healthcare Decisions Day is upon us – the time of year where death and taxes are unavoidable realities – okay well, the taxes part is just more evident and so we bring up the death stuff too, but frankly, they’re there all year long!

I’ve been working hard with The Southern Maine Chapter of Critical Care Nurses along with VNA Home Health Hospice and the Portland Public Library to bring you this year’s exciting educational opportunities!  We hope you come out and join us!  I’ve included our press release below and there will be more information to come!  Check out the information, mark your calendars and please, share with your communities and friends!  We look forward to seeing you!

“It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

Local Critical Care Nurses to Sponsor National Healthcare Decisions Day

Portland, Maine – The Southern Maine Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), along with other national, state, and community organizations, are once again participating in the annual effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making.  April 16 is always National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), this year, because the date falls on the Easter holiday, the national organization is sponsoring National Healthcare Decisions Week.  Southern Maine Chapter AACN, mentored and led by Amanda L. Carr, RN, BSN, a former ER nurse, practicing hospice nurse, death doula and proprietor of the local small business “Changing the Face of Dying,” will be hosting a series of exciting events on end of life decision making.  For three days in April, our organizations will be hosting public events at USM, at a local restaurant and at the Portland Public Library.  These events are meant to spur conversations and planning for end of life with a focus on living more fully.

Even before the week of April 16-22, public art installations will be appearing on college campuses and in local public spaces asking people to finish the sentence: Before I die I want to… We welcome your participation in this project.

Monday April 17th

Join us at USM’s Hannaford Hall from 3:30 to 5:30 where organizations that support patients and families through end of life present options for legacy work, EOL therapy, medical cannabis in end of life care, death doulas, green funerals, coffin building and more.  Get comfortable starting conversations long before you need to and educate yourself on the wide variety of choices that are out there.

Tuesday April 18th

We are hosting a lunch and ”Death Café.”  This sounds like a scary thing, but it is an international movement to normalize discussion of death and how it impacts our living.  This event is from 12-2 on Tuesday at the Sea Dog Brewery 125 Western Avenue South Portland (come, buy your lunch and participate, we will treat for appetizers and dessert).

Wednesday April 19th

Our final event is at the Portland Public Library in the Rines Auditorium from 4-7 pm where we will be showing the Netflix Oscar winning short documentary Extremis with a panel discussion to follow.

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nhdd.org.

2017 National Healthcare Decisions Week