Panel of experts to offer free advice on planning for life’s journey on April 17

Residents of Westlake, Bay Village and the surrounding West Shore communities are invited to a free community event, “Safe Passages: Life is a Journey. Are You Prepared?,” on Sunday, April 17, 1-2 p.m. at the Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5050 Porter Road, North Olmsted (registration opens at 12:30 p.m.). The event is secular, open to all faiths and to the community at large.

Our panelists will address:

  • The physiological needs at the end-of-life – how hospice works

  • Elder law and the legal needs as we approach end-of-life

  • The emotional needs of our families and caregivers

  • The spiritual process of life review and making meaning

Panelists will offer tips, advice and helpful resources relating to successful end-of-life planning on the topics of: living wills, estate planning, resources for making healthcare wishes known, options for managing chronic symptoms at home through palliative and hospice care, caregiver resources, planning and memorial service preferences, and more. 

Information will be presented in a relaxing manner, with the goal of empowering participants to develop plans that reflect their personal values and preferences. The panel of experts will engage the audience regarding life review to involve a holistic approach to these personal decisions. A question and answer session will follow. A wide variety of take-home literature will be available.

Experts participating in the panel discussion will be:

  • Spiritual Dimensions: The Rev. Mary Grigolia, Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Elder Law: Linda M. Rich, elder law attorney

  • Psychological Issues: Jen Biermann, Ph.D.

  • Palliative Care and Hospice Care De-Mystified: Kimberly Tutolo, community relations manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve

 If you’ve been wondering who to talk with about end-of-life, come to Safe Passages, a safe community space to break the silence on end-of-life questions, services and processes. Please join us!

Rev. Mary Grigolia

The Rev. Mary Grogolia, Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation  

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