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St. Andrew’s ‘End of Life Café’ Stirs up Spirited Talks About Death and Dying, April 7 in Colchester

COLECHESTER, VERMONT – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1063 Prim Road, Colchester (across from the Visiting Nurse Association, now the UVM Medical Center) will offer a panel discussion on end-of-life issue, Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 pm. The discussion is free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Feel safe talking about death – all aspects of death – including legal, medical and financial issues, as well as arrangements for a funeral, or a celebration of a family member’s (or your own) life. The “End of Life Café” at St. Andrew’s will offer an opportunity to ask questions such as: What is an advance directive? A health proxy? A living will or power of attorney? Additionally, the forum will address topics such as the cost of a funeral or cremation; revocable trusts; how to protect your financial portfolio from probate; what is Hospice all about; and last rites, religious or other observances for the departed family member.

Bring an open mind and your questions on end-of-life issues so often not easy to discuss, yet so valuable to better understand.

Panel members will include Herb Downing, attorney, Kolvoord Overton Wilson, PC; the Rev. Rick Neu, chaplain, UVM Medical Center Palliative Care; Carol Pritchard, funeral director/owner, Boucher & Pritchard Funeral Home; Brendan Walsh, certified financial planner, Quantum Leap Capital; and Lisy McIntee, social worker, UVM MC Home, Health and Hospice. The Rev. Dr. Bob Leopold, St. Andrew’s interim priest, will facilitate the panel. The format will consist of a brief 3-5 minute presentation by each of the panelists followed by questions from the audience. The event will conclude with refreshments.

The goal of the discussion is to provide a safe learning environment for those wishing to know more about the final stage of life.  All are welcome. For more information and to RSVP, please call 802-658-0533 and leave a message, or send an email to

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