Panel discussion provides information for end of life decisions


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Many people face difficult decisions when a family member or close friend comes to the end of their life. To help prepare and provide understanding when this time comes, the Adams State University Autumn@Adams Week includes "End of Life…the Practicalities," a panel discussion with Tom Deegan.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, in Adams State McDaniel Hall room 101. The discussion is free and open to the public. Free refreshments will be served.

Deegan will moderate a panel which includes Lauriann Blakeman, ICU nurse; Neil Rudolph, emeritus professor of chemistry; Helen Lester, SLV Hospice director; Robert Marbry, SLV Health pharmacist; and William Howell, author, meditation master. Handouts with information will also be available.

The panelist experience includes Deegan's 17 years as a registered nurse at a dozen community hospitals and Marbry's specialty is counseling families on palliative care--a part of "comfort measures" prone to misunderstanding. Rudolph joined his sister and their two spouses in attending his parents in their choice to voluntarily stop eating and drinking, known as VSED. Neil has since worked with the organization, Compassion and Choices, to educate about VSED.

Howell has studied with adept teachers in the main spirituo-religious traditions. He founded Sanctuary House, a religious-educational non-profit,, in 1992; co-founded Crestone Charter School in 1995; and helped bring the Crestone End-of-Life Project into being in 2007; and now is spearheading the Camino de Crestone,

McDaniel Hall is located on First Street, on the north side of campus near the stoplight. Parking is located east of McDaniel Hall. Adams State parking lots do not require permits after 5 p.m.

Autumn@Adams Week is September 9 through September 14. Events compliment the 2013 theme, Health, Fitness, and Beyond/Salud, Buena Forma Física y Más, including promoting positive mental health; exploring meditation and inner peace; stronger leadership through physical health; and a comprehensive look at future wellness. For a complete schedule of events, visit Autumn@Adams, or call 719-587-7827.