Free seminars on living wills at Rock Valley College

Because of the recent Terri Schiavo case, there has been much discussion about personal end-of-life decisions, the importance of formally expressing our own wishes and filling out a Living Will.

As a public service, the Rock Valley College Nursing Department faculty and students are sponsoring two informational programs about this critical issue as well as organ donation on Wednesday, April 27, at noon and 4 p.m. in rooms 117-119-121 of the Woodward Technology Center on the main campus, 3301 N. Mulford Rd. The programs are free and open to the community.

Rockford attorney Dee Soderberg, of the Haldeman, Turner & Soderberg law firm, will speak at both sessions about Living Wills, why you should have one, what should or can be included in a Living Will, and the differences between a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for health care. A question and answer session will be included, and Living Will forms will be available free of charge for attendees.

At the noon session only, Allison Carroll of the Gift of Hope will speak on the subject of organ donation, including how to become an organ donor and the proper way to guarantee your wishes are fulfilled. She will also answer questions about this important, possibly life-saving, decision.

In addition, Rock Valley College nursing students will be present at both sessions to do blood pressure screenings.

For more information on the free RVC Living Will information sessions, please contact Lorna Sullivan at (815) 988-0414.

From the April 20-26, 2005 issue

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