KARE11KARE-TV Journalist Kent Erdahl created a series of six 'Extra' segments, plus additional news clips about many different aspects of Advance Care Planning and end-of-life care.

View all the video clips via links available on www.honoringchoices.org/KARE-11

An excellent series of guests and a lot of valuable information gathered into a total of 14 video shorts plus one commercial - well worth your viewing time.

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Kare11ExtraThe Convenings and Honoring Choices are pleased to be part of a 6-segment Kare11 EXTRA series focusing on end-of-life quality and choices.  Local NBC journalist Kent Erdahl is following The Convenings and many other Advance Care planning events to showcase how Minnesotans are becoming more involved in planning for their health care futures.

The first installment features Ely resident Mike Rouse.  Click here to watch the video, aired 11/28/2016.

For more information on the KARE 11 features, please visit HonoringChoices.org/kare-11.
For more information on The Convenings, please click here.

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Transparent-LotusThe Convenings:  Real Families, Real Choices, Real Life

The Spark

The spark for The Convenings comes from grass roots work done by Honoring Choices Minnesota in communities across the state and the discoveries made about living by a dying man: Bruce Kramer.

Bruce′s Story

Bruce was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. In the weeks after the diagnosis, he asked himself how would he live into the new life he was given. How he decided to live, led to remarkable personal growth that continued until he died in March of 2015. Bruce was 59 years old.

We Know How this Ends, Living While Dying

Throughout that time, Bruce and Minnesota Public Radio host Cathy Wurzer, shared a series of candid broadcast conversations that turned out to be a source of hope and inspiration for listeners around the world. The revealing interviews were the catalyst for a book, We Know How This Ends: Living while Dying, published just days after Bruce died.

The thing about dying is that you have to live through it. - Bruce KramerBefore he died, Bruce got Cathy to promise that she’d carry on his work. His family and friends banded together to create the Bruce H. Kramer Collaborative, a group dedicated to creative community engagement and inspired leadership around living and dying well.

Bruce would be thrilled that Honoring Choices Minnesota is the partner in this exciting new initiative.

For more information visit Honoring Choices or The Convenings.

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Dr. Kenneth Kephart, Honoring Choices MN Medical Director, recently spoke at the annual winter conference for Minnesota Hospital Association Trustees. His presentation about engaging patients and families in end-of-life-care decisions was well received. Comments on the presentation included “Good information, a follow-up session would be valuable.” and “A great topic for Community Health Needs Assessments. The speaker was helpful, organized and willing to advise.”


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Registration is now open for Facilitator Training to be held in Minneapolis on March 11 and in Duluth on April 5.  Training is open to healthcare professionals and community volunteers and individuals who are interested in learning how to help people through the Advance Care Planning process and completion of a healthcare directive.

Click here for details on the class, and to register.

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