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Not easy to think about, but necessary; ADORAY to host end-of-life workshop

ADORAY Home Health & Hospice in Baldwin will host a final affairs workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.

The day-long, end-of-life planning workshop will feature discussions on topics such as funeral planning, legal eldercare, financial considerations, home health care, palliative care, hospice options, nursing home and in-home care choices, payment responsibility and legal aspects.

“The idea behind the workshop is to start having the conversation about end of life details,” ADORAY’s director of marketing and development Kim Anderson said. “It’s about how the last phase of life is led, how you want it to be rather than having someone else make those decisions for you.

“We plan new beginnings all the time. The end of life should be looked at the same way.”

Anderson said the idea for the workshop stems from Honoring Choices Wisconsin, an initiative of the Wisconsin Medical Society, whose mission is to “promote the benefits of and improve processes for advance care planning across the state, in health care settings and in the community.”

The workshop has been held in other parts of the ADORAY service area in other counties with great success, Anderson said.

“Another part of having this conversation is so you can pick your health care agent in the case you can’t verbalize your own wishes,” Anderson said. “If you’re prepared you’ll have a better experience. Not being afraid to have this conversation can save a lot of emotional and spiritual pain.”

The workshop, which is free, will feature the following speakers:

  •  Michael O’Connell of O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson
  •  Liza Gibson, an elder benefit specialist from the St. Croix County Aging and Disability Resource Center
  •  Jennifer O’Neill of O’Neill Elder Law LLC in Hudson, legal tools
  •  Katie Moll of American Heritage Care Center in Hammond, benefits of a skilled nursing facility
  •  Linda Shurden of Comfort Keepers in Hudson, living healthy at home

Participants will also view a documentary called “Consider the Conversation, a documentary on the taboo subject of death.”

“We’ve started the ADORAY Institute and we’re hoping to do a lot of community education,” Anderson said. “These are things everyone should think about, so your choices are honored, even if you’re young.”

About 100 seats are available for the workshop. A vendor fair and free resource materials will be available. Door prizes, morning refreshments and a catered lunch will be provided complimentary thanks to vendor sponsors and ADORAY volunteers. For more information, call Anderson or Sam Nolan at 715-684-5020, or visit

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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