Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is hosting a free meeting about end-of-life decisions on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10 to 11 a.m. in its Clinic Conference Room.

A trained Honoring Choices facilitator will discuss how to start the discussion with those close to you, determining wishes for end-of-life care and who you want to make medical care decisions for you if you could not speak for yourself, the importance of an advance care directive and more. Anyone over age 18 is welcome to attend, no registration is required.

The sessions are being provided monthly to encourage everyone to make their healthcare wishes known to their family members and physician and to go through an advanced care planning process. Advance care planning is preparing for when a person may not be able to make his or her own medical decisions.  The process involves conversations throughout life about values, beliefs, and goals for future health care.  Revisiting decisions and plans regularly and documenting wishes in a Health Care Directive is important.  The document helps prepare for the unexpected by outlining values and priorities for future medical treatment and identifies a health care agent.

Trained Honoring Choices facilitators are also available at CRMC to help people complete a Health Care Directive by appointment the first and third Monday of each month. For an appointment or more information, contact Deb Bergsnev at deb.bergsnev@cuyunamed.org or 218-851-5430.

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