Advance Care Planning

“It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) was April 16-22.

NHDD exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.

NHDD partners with The Conversation Project to promote conversations about what people want at the end of their life.  Their events provide an inviting way to talk about what matters to people and to help them with the steps needed to make those wishes more likely to happen.  Gateway End-of-Life Coalition is the regional liaison for NHDD .

This art exhibit encourages St. Louisans to contemplate death and end-of-life care

St Louis Magazine highlighted the recent event at St Luke’s Hospital highlighting the need for Advance Care Planning in a unique and entertaining fashion and the work of our member, Rebecca Lasatar.  In the article they point out, that the Before I Die exhibit can continue beyond the event.  The wall is reusable and can be used in other spaces. The article noted the collaboration with Gateway End-of-Life Coalition.  Check out the article in St Louis Magazine, here.

2017 National Healthcare Decisions Day and St Louis On the Air

As part of our community’s celebration of National Healthcare Decisions Day Gateway End-of-Life Coalition board members Brian Carpenter, PhD and Ginny Rice, Attorney at Law were guests on  St. Louis on the Air, hosted by Don Marsh.  They discussed the importance of advance care planning for end-of-life decisions.   Listen here.

Gateway Board Members on Aging America Radio

Board Chair Joan Bretthauer and Jen Galantowicz were interviewed on Aging America Radio about End-of-Life conversations. They talked passionately and simply about why and how these conversations can enhance our lives – and deaths.  To listen, click here and scroll down to the show titled 4/29/2017  “End of Life Planning”

Speakers Available

Gateway End-of-Life Coalition has speakers available to facilitate discussion for your group or organization.  If you are interested in holding an event, contact us by email at  gatewayalliance@swbell.net

Advance Care Planning can be confusing.

Here are a few resources to help:

The Conversation Project Starter Kit

Caring Conversations

Five Wishes

Life Choices

ILLINOIS Legal Forms

MISSOURI Legal Forms