Past Events

02/13/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm, 07/18/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Whatcom Hospice Administration Building Lower Level, 2800 Douglas Avenue, Bellingaham

THE BOOK STUDY GROUPS HAVE CLOSED ENROLLMENT FOR THIS ROUND. If you would like to be added to a wait list for the next round in fall 2019, please email pci@wwu.edu.

The Palliative Care Institute and Whatcom Hospice invite you to join a study group to explore The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully. We will meet once a month for 6 months to explore the invitations with weekly practices to use along the way.

“Frank is a pioneer in mindful care at the end of life. He embodies the wisdom and compassion he shares in these magical and compelling pages. You feel it instantly, because it is real, and it is really about you and your life.” ―Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR and author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses

“I love this book and its gentle, radical, charming, wild and comforting truths about how to live and die and be. It may well be the most important book you read this year.” ―Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author of Help, Thanks, Wow

“I keep this book by my bedside. It’s the best, most true, penetrating advice I know. How to live, how to die. Written with clear, engaging prose―it’s unbeatable. Do not waste your life―get it!” ―Natalie Goldberg, author of Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home and Writing Down the Bones

The study groups will be facilitated by Sharmon Figenshaw and Joan Dever. 

The opening session on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 (6:30-8:30 pm) will a include a Tele-conference call with Frank Ostaseski.  

After the shared opening session, two groups will meet for five more months. One group on the first Wednesdays of the month (March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3) and one group on the third Thursdays of the month (March 21, April 18,  May 16, June 20, July 18), 6:30 to 8:30pm. Indicate your preference when you register.

 

Registration:  $85 for 6 month series. (See registration link below).

Scholarships available. Contact pci@wwu.edu

 

 

01/03/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 02/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 03/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 05/02/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many workshops are scheduled in the next few months to help you explore your own choices with trained facilitators to help you prepare your advance directive. As you may know, only about 30% of Americans have talked with their loved ones about their choices at the end of life, and even fewer have put these choices into writing.  Are you ready to document your choices?  

This workshop is facilitated by Hilary Walker, the Advance Care Planning Coordinator at PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center. All workshops are open to anyone in the community over 18 years of age; choose the one that fits your schedule.  

Quick link to register: peacehealth.org/yourvoiceyourchoice

01/30/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 02/28/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 03/26/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm, 04/09/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement to learn what Advance Care Planning is, why it’s important, and how to express your wishes for end of life care.

Welcome to Advance Care Planning

New to Advance Care Planning? Not sure how to get started? In this presentation, you will learn:

  • How to talk to loved ones and doctors about your preferences for end-of-life care

  • How to consider what questions you have about your choices

  • How to choose someone to be your Health Care Agent

  • How to complete & file Advance Directive paperwork

  • How to identify tools and resources to aid you in your decision making

Choose the time and location that works for you:

Wednesday, January 30th  5:30-7:30pm, Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Thursday, February 28th  4:00-6:00pm, Community Food Co-Op, 315 Westerly Rd. B’ham, WA 98226,  To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Tuesday, March 26th  4:00-6:00pm. Community Food Co-Op. 1220 N Forest St. B’ham, WA 98225. To register: contact WAHA at 360-788-6594 or info@whatcomalliance.org

Thursday, April 4th 5:30-7:30pm Whatcom Community College, Syre Room 108. 237 W Kellog Rd. B’ham, WA 98226. To register: contact Whatcom Community College at 360-383-3200 or comed@whatcom.edu or register on the WCC website

Tuesday, April 9th  1:00-3:00pm, Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Dr. Everson, WA 98247. Register on the Whatcom County Library System website

 

This is a free service provided by staff and trained volunteers through the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA). WAHA provides free, unbiased, and confidential help with health care options and resources.  

For more information, to schedule a one-on-one appointment, or to schedule a workshop for your group, contact us at:
360-788-6594 | (TTY) 1-800-833-6388
info@whatcomalliance.org | Language Assistance Available

01/29/2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
St. Luke's Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225. Room A

How much medical care would you want if you had Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia?

In collaboration with experts in the fields of geriatrics, neurology, and palliative care, Dr. Barak Gaster has developed an advance care directive specifically designed to support decision making in families dealing with dementia. 

Dr. Gaster will present this directive and discuss how these kinds of documents can help plan for and improve care.

Co-sponsored with PeaceHealth Hospital and the Alzheimer's Society.

01/24/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 03/19/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 03/28/2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm, 04/25/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 05/23/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Varied Locations: See below

Advance Care Planning is a process that takes time and active reflection. Thinking about advance care planning when the diagnosis is Alzheimer's can be challenging. With a diagnosis of dementia, it gets more difficult to reflect on goals for end-of-life care. ACP+D presentations are designed to educate people who have either received a diagnosis of dementia or are caring for someone who has. We’ll cover:

  • the importance of starting ACP early
  • the critical role a health care agent will play throughout the journey
  • how to match goals for care with stages and symptoms of the disease
  • forms to help you start the conversation
  • how to be a strong advocate for yourself & your loved one

Participants will receive a folder with helpful resources and two official forms to complete the ACP process.

Thursday, January 24Whatcom Hills Waldorf School, 941 Austin Street, Bellingham, WA

Tuesday, March 19 6-7:30 p.m, South Whatcom Library, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, Gate 2
 

Thursday, March 28, Community Food Co-op Healthy Connections Classroom, 405 E Holly Street, Suite 103, across the street from the downtown store, Bellingham, WA

Thursday, April 25 6-7:30 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden

Thursday, May 23 6-7:30 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, Ferndale
 

Presenters:  Adrienne Doucette and Denise Weeks. For more information contact 360.201.0360 or ACPDementia@gmail.com 

$15 suggested fee

 

01/22/2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Moles Community Room 2465 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

Do you know?  

            --When and how advance directives help guide your care?

            --When a POLST form might be right for you?

            --How to talk about creating your plan with these documents?  With your family?  With your health care provider?

A POLST form is neither an advance directive nor a replacement for advance directives.

However, both forms are helpful planning documents for communicating patient wishes.

Come join us for an informative discussion about the use of these forms!

 

Sharmon Figenshaw, Co-Chair, Washington State POLST Committee

Hilary Walker, Advance Care Planning Coordinator, PeaceHealth

Gib Morrow, Physician Champion, Advance Care Planning, PeaceHealth

Scott Ryckman, Division Chief for EMS/ Bellingham Fire Dept

Mike Hilley, EMS Manager, Whatcom County

Co-sponsored by the Palliative Care Institute, PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center and Moles Family Funeral Services

01/15/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 03/06/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 06/05/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 09/04/2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm, 12/04/2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Varied: See below

Rebecca Rech Cutler, a former Hospice nurse and/or Bill Lombard, a local nephrologist, will discuss the meaning of advanced medical interventions in frank terms, focusing on patient outcomes when these interventions are employed. This presentation addresses in layperson's terms the realities of what these "interventions" mean to average people and their families so that you can make informed decisions about your care. This interactive session will allow for questions and dialogue, and some equipment used in the ICU will be available for viewing.

January 15, 2019 Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Road, Bellingham 98226
Presenter: Rebecca Rech Cutler, BSN, RN, CRRNCHPN
 
March 6, 2019, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225
Presenter: Rebecca Rech Cutler, BSN, RN, CRRN, CHPN
 
June 5, 2019, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225
Presenter: Rebecca Rech Cutler, BSN, RN, CRRN, CHPN
 
September 4, 2019, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225
Presenter: Rebecca Rech Cutler, BSN, RN, CRRN, CHPN
 
December 4, 2019, St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225
Presenter:  Bill Lombard, MD

These events are free and open to the public.

 

 

01/03/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 02/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 03/07/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 04/04/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm, 05/02/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

Many workshops are scheduled in the next few months to help you explore your own choices with trained facilitators to help you prepare your advance directive. As you may know, only about 30% of Americans have talked with their loved ones about their choices at the end of life, and even fewer have put these choices into writing.  Are you ready to document your choices?  

This workshop is facilitated by Hilary Walker, the Advance Care Planning Coordinator at PeaceHealth St Joseph's Medical Center. All workshops are open to anyone in the community over 18 years of age; choose the one that fits your schedule.  

Quick link to register: peacehealth.org/yourvoiceyourchoice

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fairhaven College Auditorium, Western Washington University

Most modern burial practices have significant ecological footprints.

Recompose is developing a process that gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die. Their goal is to offer recompositon as an alternative choice to cremation and conventional burial. 

The Palliative Care Institute, Fairhaven College and the Sustainable Action Fund have invited Recompose CEO Katrina Spade to explain how their modular system uses nature's principles to return us to the earth, sequestering carbon and improving soil health.

They have calculated carbon savings over a metric ton per person. Recomposition allows us to give back to the earth that supports us all our lives.

Come join us for an informative and provocative conversation.

Open to the community.

10/22/2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, Meeting Room A, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Palliative Care Institute and the Northwest Life Passages Coalition invites you to participate in a community discussion about successes and challenges of the Community Education and Activation initiatives in our community.

In 2014, a community task force wrote a Blueprint that outlines steps we need to take to make Whatcom County a community of excellence for those with serious illness or facing death and their families.  This Blueprint has 5 pillars:  Advance Care Planning, Clinical Care, Provider Education, Community Education and Activation and Policy/Sustainability. 

The Northwest Life Passages Coalition has been given the responsibility of helping to implement this Blueprint.  As part of that goal, we are hosting community conversations about each pillar. Our intent is to share the progress that has been made, the challenges we still face and to listen to your ideas and concerns.

At this session, we will briefly share the current status of Community Education and Activation in our community and outline some new initiatives and challenges that still need to be addressed.  We hope to spend the bulk of the session exploring your ideas and concerns so that we can continue to make progress toward our goal of building a community setting where everyone has access to the information they need in order to face serious illness or death. 

Some possible topics we might explore together include:

What are challenges have you faced in serious illness or end of life care? What community education events might have helped prepare you better?

What are some strategies for reaching out to communities we don't yet serve well?

What creative ideas might you have for building events that will foster community education, conversation and activation related to serious illness and end of life care?

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