A lighter look at end of life planning tonight at the GCCR
Robyn Bentley, a member of the SAGE steering committee, says that after she passes she would like to be cremated and for her ashes to be mixed into a tree kit and planted, so that she becomes a tree.
Intrigued? Wednesday night from 7-8:30pm you can find out more at the Gay Community Center of Richmond, where SAGE, RVA’s source for info and resources for the aging LGBTQ population, is hosting a community conversation: LGBTQ EOL (end of life) Planning- because stuff happens.
“Before I become a tree, there’s some things I have to do before that, [laughs], some papers I have to sign,” Bentley said light heartedly. “I might end up in the hospital in a coma or something and I don’t have anything written down about that, about what I want.”
This is the same for many others, which is why SAGE wants to have a conversation with the community and have them become more aware of EOL planning. “Anything could happen at anytime,” says Bentley, “this talk is for all ages and orientations, and we want to make sure that’s understood. It’s better to become informed and do this way in advance before something happens; it makes everything easier for everyone that’s going to be going through this if something happened to you.”
This conversation comes at a pivotal moment in Virginia. After last week’s legalizing of same-sex marriage, it’s especially important to become informed of all the new legal rights associated with marriage. “Before, if you weren’t legally married to your partner you’d have to designate them as your medical power of attorney, which requires legal paperwork and all that,” said Bentley. “Now it will change, you’re automatically able to make decisions for your spouse, and you should be informed of all of that.”
Harvey Chambers, a certified senior advisor, will be the guest speaker Wednesday night. He’s been working with SAGE recently, sitting on the steering committee and giving his input on different issues.
“Chambers owns the company Seniors Helping Seniors, so he sees what happens when people are going through things [at hospitals],” says Bentley, “he sees when they don’t have the paperwork they need, and when they aren’t treated so nicely. He has firsthand experience about what can go wrong when you don’t have the right paperwork.”
Bentley commented on todays crummy weather, but said the event was still worth attending. “It’s gonna rain, but come anyway! We’re going to have snacks, and it’s EOF planning but it’s not going to be a downer. It’s information that you need to know.”
The event is tonight at 7 PM at the Gay community Center of Richmond – 1407 Sherwood Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23220
It is free and open to the public, more details can be found here.
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