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Leaving a Legacy of Love


Free Program Series at Belmont Branch Library

When a serious medical diagnosis has been made or an unexpected accident occurs, people often have to make critical health decisions for themselves or family. “Leaving a Legacy of Love” is a free, five-part series led by two retired hospice nurses, taking place at the Belmont Branch of the Dayton Metro Library. Guest presenters include a grief counselor, an attorney, a funeral director, and a hospice/palliative care physician.

“It's easy to feel overwhelmed, confused and not in control, especially in these stressful moments,” said Julie Buchanan, Older Adult Services Librarian. “Being aware of your end-of-life wishes and talking about them with your family is difficult, but so important.”

Each session covers a unique topic. It is recommended but not required that individuals attend all five sessions. Classes take place on Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Belmont Branch Library, 1041 Watervliet Avenue in Dayton.

6/2 Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail
Attorney Judy LaMusga specializes in helping individual leave a “legacy of love” for their families. This session focuses on Advanced Directives - what they include and their importance in the estate planning process. She will also discuss wills and powers of attorney.

6/9 Housing Choices and Support Services
Mary Ann Stemley, a certified hospice/palliative care registered nurse, discusses the pros and cons of caring for a loved one in your home vs other available choices.  Learn how to decide the best option for you and your loved one.

6/16 Compassionate Care: A New Paradigm for Medical Models
Dr. Cleanne Cass is a palliative/hospice care physician. She will talk about end-of-life healthcare choices available within the hospital, guide you in how to get the care you want and discuss the differences between palliative, compassionate and hospice care.

6/23 The Final Plan
Local funeral director TR Routsong talks about how planning your funeral is an important part of end-of-life transition. He will provide useful information on Veteran’s benefits, tissue, organ and body donation, and burial options.

6/30 The Conversation
Not sure how to convey your final wishes to your family? Lisa Balster, a social worker at Hospice of Dayton, discusses how to start this difficult conversation to communicate your wishes to your loved ones.

All sessions are free. For more information, visit the Events Calendar or call (937) 463-BOOK.

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