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Town Hall: the Age of Choice
Presented by the Museum and the Santa Barbara Foundation
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
7:00-9:00 PM
Fleischmann Auditorium at the Museum

Death is part of the natural cycle of life, and dying is often associated with suffering, desperate and costly medical procedures, families in anguish, and very personal views. What are the ethical, emotional and financial considerations? When is living comfortably or ending suffering better than trying to live or extend life?  When you’re not in control of choices that are made leading up to and after your death, who takes control? Should it be up to laws, your physician, or family members? What can you do to prepare for the final stage of your life or the life of your loved one?

Become informed and know your choices. Come to this FREE Town Hall for a moderated discussion on end-of-life issues. All community members are invited to join this free Town Hall.



This Town Hall is sponsored in part by

Stan Roden, Mediation-Arbitration Specialist

Faye Girsh, ED
, Senior Advisor for Final Exit Network

Richard Hecht, PhD
, Capps Center, UCSB

Wesley Smith, JD
, Lawyer and Author of “Forced Exit”

Eric Trautwein, MD
, Internal Medicine & Palliative Care

H.E. (Ted) Frech III, PhD, Economist, UCSB




Alliance for Living and Dying WellA collaborative effort by a group of Santa Barbara County organizations who are involved in end-of-life care and issues. The organizations within the Alliance are working together in the South County area to educate and encourage people to have early conversations about dying and the things that might be important to them for their end-of-life care.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care: Our mission is to provide high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents, including those unable to pay. Services include Nursing & Rehabilitation, Hospice Care at Home, Palliative Care, Bereavement Support & Counseling, and more.

Hospice of Santa Barbara: Our mission is to care for anyone experiencing the impact of life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one. Services include counseling, support groups, education, complementary therapies and palliative care services, respite care, and bereavement support.


"At the Edge of Life" by Explore efforts to improve end-of-life medical care through this five-part series, interactive tools, and behind-the-scenes videos. Click through to hear audio and watch video. CREDITS: Photo/Video-Sonya N. Hebert; Editing-Ahna Hubnik, Brad Loper, Sonya N. Herbert; Multimedia-David Guzman.


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