Group will discuss issues related to death on April 23


Interested people will be meeting for a second time on Tuesday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in the Ruby Sisson Library meeting room. 

There will be an informative guest speaker, Connie Cook, who is an advanced emergency medical technician at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center. 

She said, “I have attended to many sick patients during my career that have resulted in positive outcomes, and I have also had the distinct honor of being there for a patients’ last moments of life doing my best to preserve their dignity and support their families and friends during emotional and difficult times.” 

She will use her incredible background to provide us with information about what can happen when you call an ambulance or paramedic. Then we will be able to ask questions.

Other topics to be discussed:

• Green burials: Information will be presented on green burial sites in Mancos and Crestone. We are hoping that the man with the land in Pagosa that could be used for green burials will be present to share his ideas.

• At our first meeting a man who recently lost his wife shared the fulfilling experience of having her body picked up at the hospital, transported, used for medical science and then having her ashes returned in an urn with absolutely no cost to the family. He will bring specific information on April 23 so that more people will be able to use such a program. Information on other possible programs will be presented. 

• We are hoping to have dates for one or more medical practitioners to speak to our group on the Colorado End-Of-Life Options Act which passed in 2016. 

• Another major topic of concern is the paperwork that needs to be filled out related to end-of-life, such as do not resuscitate, do not transport and advance directives. We are working on finding a future speaker on “the paperwork of dying.” 

• Additional new topics can be presented. If you have information that may be of value to our group, please come to our next meeting. There is so much potential in this gathering.

Please note that we are not a club or formal group at this time, but independent people who plan on meeting, finding speakers and asking questions until all our questions have been answered. If this interests you, feel welcome to join us. 

We are not encouraging sales representatives of any kind to attend. Please be respectful of this topic regardless how valuable you feel your product might be or we may have to formally handle this situation.