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Honoring Choices will start tough discussions

Talking about end of life issues is tough for everyone. But as a person who frequently deals with families during those times, pastor Karen Bruins will tell you it's an important conversation to have.

"They are difficult conversations," Bruins admitted.

However it's harder when those decisions have to be made and family and friends don't know the wishes of the person dying.

As a faith leader, Bruins has watched many families go through heartache trying to make decisions on a loved one's behalf. Making those wishes known, she said can save people pain and suffering.

That's why Rosemount United Methodist Church has partnered with Fairview Clinics to host a free seminar to help families have those discussions. The event will help families begin to have discussions about medical decisions and health care directives.

"We are setting a safe place," said Bruins.

Topics covered will include how to inform family and medical providers of decisions and how faith can inform those decisions. Honoring Choices will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Rosemount United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave. W.

In addition to the seminar, information about memory care and other caregiver support services will be available. Adults over age 19 can also get a flu shot. Bring insurance information along.

The event is free and open to the public.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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