‘End of Life’ seminar set for Oct. 21

Dying costs a bundle. This seminar in Peace Lutheran Church’s “End-of-Life Issues” series will help you plan, whether for yourself on a loved one.

About 1 in 5 deaths in the United States were preceded by a year of very high medical costs, according to research led by Melissa Aldridge of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, N.Y. More costs come with funeral, burial and related arrangements, potentially topping $10,000.

A free seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, will help people plan for hospice care and funeral arrangements ahead of when they may be needed. Speakers will be Carolynn Peterson, executive director of Hospice of the Foothills near Grass Valley, and Debbie Prisk Olsen of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary Inc., in Nevada City. They will take questions from the audience.

Their presentations are part of a five-part series exploring “End of Life Issues,” hosted by Peace Lutheran Church’s Contemporary Issues Study Group.

On all days, the program starts at 9 a.m. with coffee and light snacks in the Old Fellowship Hall at Peace, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Speakers start at 9:15 a.m. For more information, call (530) 273-9631.

More ‘End-of-Life’ topics

Topics coming up in Peace’s “End of Life” series include:

  • Oct. 28: Right to Die – Medical, ethical, spiritual and legal issues surrounding California’s new law allowing people in certain circumstances to receive medication to end their lives. Speaker: Dylan Hendricks, lawyer.
  • Nov. 4: Small group discussions on issues regarding end of life and death.
  • Learn more about our “End-of-Life Issues” series.

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