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Preparing for the big exit

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VAIL – Recognizing that the discussion of end-of-life issues is a difficult task for most people, the Vail Symposium and the Vail Valley Medical Center Foundation have joined forces to offer a two-part series designed to address these challenging topics. “Exit Strategies: Orchestrating the Finale – Strategies for my Life” will take place on Monday and Feb. 6 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.Created by Nancy Johnson, MD of Cleveland, Ohio, and joined by speakers from the valley, this series will help participants achieve a comfort level with every aspect of preparing for their departure.

The first evening’s program will focus on facilitating end-of-life conversations with loved ones, and setting up financial plans and legal documentation to ensure fulfilllment of one’s wishes. Experts joining Dr. Johnson to address these topics are psychologist Dr. George McNeill, financial expert Karen Spero and estate attorney Liz Clark.The second evening will focus on preparing an outline for fulfillling dreams and desires, addressing end-of-life fears and worries, and planning the final ceremony. Another topic will be why valley residents number more than 46,000, yet there are no “active” cemeteries in the Valley. Experts joining Dr. Johnson to address these subjects are social worker Vanessa Lewis, and funeral directors Steven Pollard from Glenwood Springs and Jan Thomas from Gypsum.Admission is $50 per person, which covers both sessions. Participants should plan to attend both evenings. A light supper and refreshments will be provided. Space is very limited – reservations are required. For reservations or for more information, contact the Vail Symposium at 476-0954 or visit

Life departure”Exit Strategies: Orchestrating the Finale”5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday and Feb. 6Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards

Call the Vail Symposium fo rmore information at 476-0954Vail, Colorado

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