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Rosemount church will hold life-planning seminar

No one wants to plan for death, but facts are it will happen to all of us. And in case of the worst it's good to have some decisions made, so others don't have to make them for you.

To help Rosemount residents get ready, Church of St. Joseph will host a Life Planning Seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 6 at St. Joseph Social Hall, 13900 Biscayne Ave. The seminar will be hosted by the pastoral care ministry.

Organizer Luke Rennie said while it's not fun, planning for the end of life can be helpful to loved ones. Additionally, he said it can help ensure end-of-life decisions follow the deceased's wishes.

Rennie said the pastoral care team hopes to encourage people to start making life-planning decisions because it can help safeguard the well-being of the person doing planning and protect their assets for future generations.

The seminar will feature seven speakers who will cover a number of topics including powers-of-attorney, wills, estates, health care directives, medical assistance, senior living options, protecting assets, making funeral arrangements with parishes and funeral homes, beneficiary planning and the church's teaching on cremation, organ donation and more.

People should ask themselves questions like, "Where do I want to die?" "What kind of funeral do I want?" and "What kind of medical treatment do I want?"

"Anyone over 18 should have at least a health care directive," said Rennie. A health care directive is a form that informs others of your wishes about health care.

The seminar will kick off a drive in Dakota County to get every adult 18 and older to fill out a health care directive and file it appropriately. The seminar will feature the Catholic Church's guidance but general information will be available as well. An attorney will be available to answer questions.

Rennie said the seminar came out of a church focus on end-of-life planning. He said Fr. Paul Jarvis is a big promoter of life planning and encouraged the members to focus on the issue.

While there is some information specific to Catholics, Rennie said most of the information is universal and could be used by anyone. The event is free and open to the public. For planning purposes organizers do ask people to reserve a spot. To RSVP call 651-423-4402. Refreshments will be served.

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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