What's up Doc? We're dying to talk.


It’s never too early, but it can be too late to prepare an advance care healthcare directive.

End-of-life planning isn’t only for the elderly — it’s for everyone over 18 years old because accident or disease can strike anyone at any time. When you are unable to speak for yourself, who do you want speaking for you? Have you told them what you’d want or not want?

Planning ahead ensures we are not robbed of those meaningful end-of-life conversations. The first of its kind in Whatcom County, this end-of-life planning event, called “What’s up, Doc? We’re dying to talk” will offer door prizes, light refreshments and music, and feature stories to humanize end-of-life preparedness for everyone.

This event is intended to be a stepping stone to normalizing the conversation so that survivors are not left with the burden of making health care decisions without the input from their loved ones.

“Addressing such big questions needn’t be a dreary exercise, it can be entertaining and even fun for the whole family”, says event organizer Micki Jackson.

To attract and reward the youngest audience for this critical issue, five $1500 college scholarships door prizes will be awarded to Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Skagit Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Western Washington University students attending the March 21 event (current student ID required). Other door prizes include admission for 6-8 winners to The Upfront Theater.

This free event will be held on March 21, 2018, 6 to 8 PM at St. Luke’s Health Education Center 3333 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham, WA

• Master of Ceremonies: Billy Tierney, manager of Ryan Stiles’ The Upfront Theater.
• Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott Foster, Chief Medical Officer, PeaceHealth Medical Group; Dr. Gib Morrow, PHMG Physician Champion, Honoring Choices Initiative.
• Participating Speakers: Representatives of every decade from people in their the 20s to 90s.
• Event collaborators: Whatcom Alliance for Health AdvancementPeaceHealth, Chuckanut Health Foundation, Palliative Care Institute

Heather Flaherty