Past Events

09/11/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Whatcom County Library, Blaine Branch, 610 3rd St, Blaine, WA 98230

Join us for a hands on workshop for step by step instruction for filling out an advanced directive or living will. 

Each participant will be guided through the simple, yet deeply thought provoking, process of completing this form. 

Participants will go home with a copy to share with loved ones, their physicians, and others. 

Please visit endoflifewa.org for a preview of the Advanced Directive. 

Space is limited, registration is required.  To register, visit the link below or check the Whatcom County Library calendar at wcls.org

FREE 

 

This workshop is presented by Hilary Walker, Geriatric Occupational Therapist and Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Hilary has over 10 years experience in Acute Care Hospitals and has witnessed first hand the benefit of having these conversations and completing an Advance Directive well before an unexpected event may occur. She has been a passionate advocate for many throughout Washington State and brings her knowledge and enthusiastic teaching to Whatcom County. 

07/21/2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am
Anacortes Senior Center, 1701 22nd St, Anacortes, WA 98221

Join us for a hands on workshop for step by step instruction for filling out an advanced directive or living will. 

Each participant will be guided through the simple, yet deeply thought provoking, process of completing this form. 

Participants will go home with a copy to share with loved ones, their physicians, and others. 

Please visit endoflifewa.org for a preview of the Advanced Directive. 

Space is limited, registration is required.  To register, contact the Anacortes Senior Center Main Desk (360) 293-7473.

FREE 

 

This workshop is presented by Hilary Walker, Geriatric Occupational Therapist and Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Hilary has over 10 years experience in Acute Care Hospitals and has witnessed first hand the benefit of having these conversations and completing an Advance Directive well before an unexpected event may occur. She has been a passionate advocate for many throughout Washington State and brings her knowledge and enthusiastic teaching to Whatcom County. 

06/29/2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
HEC Conference Center Rooms A & C 3333 Squalicum Pkwy Bellingham, WA 98225

It takes a team to manage chronic pain.

Meet the WISH team from Eugene (Willamette Integrative Services & Healthcare)

Keynote Speaker: James R. Morris, MD &

Karla Austin, FNP, ND, Scott Pengelly, PhD, Leigh Ann Turner, LPTA, Kate Fabian, Yoga Nidra instructor

*Local presenters in the afternoon*

 

Goal: Increase knowledge about alternatives to opioid management of chronic pain

Objectives:   

1. Learn how to reduce dependence on opioids to manage chronic pain

2. Envision a team approach to managing chronic pain

3. Raise awareness of community resources and improve access by creating a database

4. Recognize the effectiveness of different modalities through improved pain assessment skills       

Cost: $75       *CEU/CMEs pending

To register or for more details contact: Sheila Rhodes, srhodes@hinet.org

Additional 1 hour morning session available for physicians.  7am-8am.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

06/20/2017 - 6:00pm to 08/18/2017 - 9:00pm
Miller Hall 156, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Death and Dying Summer Session Class    HSP 497 – CRN 31332

June 20, 2017-August 18, 2017  9 week session

Instructor – Bonnie Blachly.

“It is necessary to meditate early, and often, on the art of dying to succeed later in doing it properly just once.”  (Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before)

 Course Description:  Death is an inevitable experience for all living things.  Yet, the thought of our own mortality is often met with feelings of avoidance or denial.  It is not until we experience a significant loss through the death of a family member, friend, or pet that we come face to face with our own actual demise. 

This course is an exploration of Death and Dying and the varied responses (physical, emotional, spiritual) from different perspectives as presented through literature, art, music, film, medicine, psychology, religion, culture, and philosophy. Through these various mediums, we will explore how people cope with the idea of impending death, the dying process, and the follow up care of bereavement as well as the legal, ethical and policy issues around this subject.  9 week session -  

This course will be a hybrid mix of in-person and on-line sessions.  The three in-person sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm in MH 156.

  • Tuesday, June 20th        6:00-9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 25th         6:00-9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, August 15th  6:00-9:00 pm

If you are a current WWU student, please register through Classfinder Summer session offerings. 

If you are not a current WWU student and wish to take this class for credit, please register following the Visiting Students instructions at the REGISTER button below.

If you are a community member and wish to audit the class, please contact Bonnie Blachly at Bonnie.Blachly@wwu.edu or 206-817-2549 for more details. (This opportunity means that there will be no credit assigned and no official university record. It is offered on a space-available basis.)

 

06/19/2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Lynden Public Library, 216 4th St, Lynden, WA 98264

Join us for a hands on workshop for step by step instruction for filling out an advanced directive or living will. 

Each participant will be guided through the simple, yet deeply thought provoking, process of completing this form. 

Participants will go home with a copy to share with loved ones, their physicians, and others. 

Please visit endoflifewa.org for a preview of the Advanced Directive. 

Space is limited, registration is required.  To register, contact the Lynden Library Main Desk (360) 305-3600.

FREE 

 

This workshop is presented by Hilary Walker, Geriatric Occupational Therapist and Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Hilary has over 10 years experience in Acute Care Hospitals and has witnessed first hand the benefit of having these conversations and completing an Advance Directive well before an unexpected event may occur. She has been a passionate advocate for many throughout Washington State and brings her knowledge and enthusiastic teaching to Whatcom County. 

06/14/2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
St. Luke's Health Education Center, Room C, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham

Koala and Cathy, experienced ICU nurses, discuss in frank terms the meaning of advanced medical interventions and patient outcomes when these interventions are employed. The nurses present 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. These interactive sessions will allow for questions and dialogue, and some equipment used in the ICU will be available for viewing. Advance care planning, advance directives, and the importance of community-based palliative care will be discussed.      

For more information contact Micki Jackson at MICKI98226@AOL.COM or 360.201.7840

06/05/2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St, Ferndale, WA 98248

Join us for a hands on workshop for step by step instruction for filling out an advanced directive or living will.

Each participant will be guided through the simple, yet deeply thought provoking, process of completing this form.

Participants will go home with a copy to share with loved ones, their physicians, and others.

Please visit endoflifewa.org for a preview of the Advanced Directive.

Space is limited, registration is required.  To register, contact the Ferndale Library Main Desk  (360) 305-3600

FREE 

 

This workshop is presented by Hilary Walker, Geriatric Occupational Therapist and Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Hilary has over 10 years experience in Acute Care Hospitals and has witnessed first hand the benefit of having these conversations and completing an Advance Directive well before an unexpected event may occur. She has been a passionate advocate for many throughout Washington State and brings her knowledge and enthusiastic teaching to Whatcom County. 

05/12/2017 - 9:00am to 4:30pm
Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College,

2017 Annual Palliative Care Institute Conference 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION CLOSED at midnight on APRIL 12!   On-line registration continues until midnight May 10.  On-site registration from 8:30 am-9:00 am May 12.  Scroll down to the REGISTRATION BUTTON at the bottom of the page!

This day-long conference will include keynotes, break-out discussions, and interactive sessions to deepen our engagement with the themes of building resilience and combating compassion fatigue for both clinical professionals and family members working in palliative and end of life care introduced at last year’s PCI conference. We will Learn about the hazards of caregiving –  burnout, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma –  and the solutions/antidotes/protective measures both home caregivers and health providers can take to guard against burnout and build resilience.

After conference, learners should be able to:

  1. Describe the influences contributing to health providers and family caregivers experiencing compassion fatigue; 
  2. Identify negative outcomes in patient care associated with compassion fatigue and caregiver burn-out; 
  3. Describe the difference between the concepts of resilience and anti-fragility; 
  4. Apply concepts of resilience and anti-fragility to specific provider case studies;
  5. Describe the ways that providing and receiving care across cultural differences and boundaries can impact care and caregiver burn-out;
  6. Apply an understanding of these subjects to oneself in order to make choices and put in place changes that will make a difference. 

Keynote Speakers and topics include:

Beyond Resilience: Building an Anti-Fragile Approach to Compassion Fatigue - Casey Shillam, PhD, RN-BC, Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program Nursing Program, University of Portland.

Oxygen for Caregivers: Guarding Against Burnout, Building Resilience, Sustaining Compassion - Simon Fox, Executive Director, Adventures in Caring Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

Caregiving across Cultural Differences or Barriers, Sandra Hernandes, Education Director, Familias en Acción, Portland, Oregon

REGISTRATION IS OPEN.   5.5 Hours Continuing Medical Education Credit Available.  For on-line registration click the REGISTER button below. If you need phone assistance, please call 360-650-3353.  

Registration

Regular: $75 – no CME
Student: $50 – no CME

Regular with CME $100
Student with CME $75

5.5 Hours Continuing Medical Education Credit Available

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University.  PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity meets the criteria for up to 5.5 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Accreditation Equivalency: Category 1 CME credits generally are accepted on a 1:1 equivalence by nursing, social work and other health related licensing authorities. Care providers are advised to check with their licensing authorities in advance.

04/09/2017 - 10:00am to 05/31/2017 - 10:00am

The Palliative Care Institute is developing a new website -- WHATCOMCARES.ORG --  to provide better access to services in Whatcom County for those living with long-term chronic or serious illness or facing end-of-life. We recognize that there are already many resources in our community to serve this population, but also notice that those needing services often have difficulty finding the right resources.

The website has three major sections:  RESOURCES, LIBRARY, STORIES to link patients and their families to traditional inpatient and outpatient palliative and end-of-life care, complementary and alternative care, spiritual care, and other ancillary services or supports, both formal and informal.  We are including a library and other informational videos and articles related to serious illness and end-of-life and stories from our community.

We plan to launch the site early in June and invite you to share your stories about serious illness or end-of-life.

TEXT TO OPEN THE STORIES SECTION:

We use stories to make sense of our world and to share that understanding with others. Our experiences – as patients, family members or caregivers – with the onset and ongoing management of serious illness, and the impact illness has on our relationships is the stuff of stories. In fact, these stories help us make sense of the illness experience. In the medical landscape where the illness is typically described as a diagnostic label or a treatment plan, these narratives can reframe our frustrations, explore the questions and paradoxes of suffering and capture the meaning of the lived experience.

We welcome engaging and interesting guest stories related to serious illness care and end-of-life experiences in all their forms.  Our blog is geared to raise awareness about all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care.

Please note, we do not have funding to pay guest bloggers. If you wish to submit a guest post, send us a draft of your post. Our committee will review your post to determine if this blog topic meets the criteria for inclusion. We may simply post it or perhaps return your article for a revision or rewrite if we think it could be more appealing to our readers.
 

Instructions for submitting a blog post: 

  • Post length should not exceed 500 to 900 words, although a longer article will be considered if the topic is unusually compelling.
  • The content of the post must deal with key themes of this website. We are especially interested in stories that bring a personal perspective to these themes.  We do not welcome rants or rages.
  • Guest posts must be original (written by you or with a co-author) and may not have been published online elsewhere, unless they have been revised, expanded and rewritten.
  • You may include a high-quality short video with your article; it should have been already uploaded on to YouTube or Vimeo.
  • Permissions:
    • If you quote or reference someone else’s work, full credit must be provided. Please fact check, reference original sources, and where appropriate, include links in the body of your post.
    • Where appropriate, you must have obtained permission from other living people who feature in your story or for any materials and photos used.
  • Include a short author bio (2-3 sentences) with your photo (JPG format preferred) and up to two links that might appear in your bio at the bottom of your blog article (website, social media profile, and/or your own blog.) Please include any other information that can help us learn about you and your work. (Your website name, Facebook or other social media pages, Amazon author page)
  • Please note: we do not allow any advertising on our blog.
  • If we publish your guest post, you will retain copyright of your post. You are free to reblog the post, but we ask that you link back to our page where your guest post is featured, and mention that the post was originally published on whatcomcares.org.

Send your proposed post to Marie Eaton -- pci@wwu.edu

 

03/28/2017 - 1:00pm to 04/04/2017 - 1:00pm
Connections Classroom, Community Food Coop Bakery Building (Downtown), 1220 N. Forest Street / Bellingham,

In this workshop series, we’ll begin writing legacy letters for ourselves and our heirs. These documents—ranging anywhere from a paragraph to a book in length—can include our favorite stories, our values and beliefs, and our hopes and tributes. In the process, we’ll have the opportunity to reflect on our lives and provide gifts for loved ones. That’s why one former participant told me, “These letters are such a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!” And another person said,  “I couldn’t sleep after the workshop because my head was so full of stories to tell. I blame you!” 

Session 1: March 28, 2017        1-3 pm

Past to Present: We’ll focus on the past, writing our signature stories about ourselves and others. We’ll cover ways to use these stories to explain current values. 

Session 2: April 4, 2017              1-3 pm  

Present to Future: We’ll continue with explorations of our beliefs. Then, we’ll move into the future, offering our hopes, blessings, and tributes. 

Registration: Limited to 15 people. $25.00 for the two sessions.

For more information visit pic.wwu.edu/programs. To sign up for workshop email pci@wwu.edu

Sponsored by the Palliative Care Institute (pci.wwu.edu) and facilitated by Margi Fox, who teaches professional writing at Western Washington University. Margi has given numerous workshops on legacy letters. In 2015, she presented a TEDx talk about wills: “The Afterlife of Wills: Why Legacy Matters.”

 

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