St. John’s UCC to sponsor Healthcare decisions event

St. John’s United Church of Christ will host a community presentation on important health care documentation and conversations known as “Advance Care Planning.” The free event, presented jointly with Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, will take place Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the meeting room at UCC and is open to the public.

Advance care planning is an important process for individuals to follow to assure that their values and wishes are honored in the event they cannot make their own decisions. Too often, family members are required to make important healthcare decisions for their loved one without sufficient knowledge about their preferences or desires. Advance care planning is a road map for family members when a loved one is seriously ill and cannot speak for themselves.

“As a Pastor, it is part of my training to prepare my church family for the hereafter, but there is also the transition time. This can often be filled with difficult and even controversial medical decisions at the same time people are dealing with a variety of emotions regarding the end of life,” said Rev. Zoe Milliman, Pastor at St. John’s UCC. “There are ways we can prepare and eliminate some of the potential conflicts and stressors that will make this time easier for all concerned.”

The evening will include a presentation by Andrew Dickson, VP of Community Engagement for Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care, on the documents and conversations that will help family members honor the wishes of their loved one, reduce the possibility of disagreement and guide them through what can be a difficult and stressful time. It will be followed by Q & A and discussion. Free documentation will be provided and additional resource will also be made available to help participants implement their healthcare directives. Refreshments will be provided.

St. John’s United Church of Christ is located at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Off-street parking is accessible behind the church on Eagle Street. For more information, call 366-0710.