COVID-19 Quarantine Health Videos

These videos are a gift to our community, from our community! We hope they are helpful in this stressful season as you consider the health of your mind, body and soul! Note: You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch the videos posted on Facebook.
COVID Vaccine Q&A with Dr. Andrew Verneuil on January 17, 2021:
Current information about the vaccine can be found online at the Washington State Dept of Health or the Whatcom County Health Dept Vaccine page or the CDC’s website.
Health Connect: Local healthcare with Mary Lynn, Jean, and Kerrie
Health Connect: Stephen Ministries with Ron & Melissa
Health Connect: Gardening with Lindsey
Health Connect: Bearing the Burdens of Others with Pastor Kerrie
Health Connect: Mental health chat with the Dotsons
Health Connect: Ergonomics for working from home with Brenda Henoch, PT.  
Health Connect: Mental Health for Children & Youth with Kevin & Kaatri  
Health Connect: Health Tips with Dr. Andrew
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The Gift of Advance Care Directives

A Note From Your Faith Community Nurses:

Faith helps us face death personally, but what about those who are left to grieve us? As some of you may know, we have offered several workshops during the past two years to help us all think about and document our wishes for health care when the end of our earthly life draws near. We talked about the value of speaking with your family about your wishes, choosing someone to speak for you should you be unable to speak for yourself, and then documenting those wishes on a form recommended for WA state residents. Many of you were able to complete your document. If this is something you have not had the time to do, we hope you make the most of the opportunities we continue to offer to help you finalize your wishes.

Pandemics definitely have a way of bringing death into focus, but we bring this up because these are always important discussions to have with our family. None of us knows what tomorrow may bring. Think of these conversations as a gift of love to those close to you. These can be tough things to talk about, especially in these uncertain times – but knowing your decisions, goals, and values will be a great comfort to your family. They won’t have to wonder if they are making a decision you would want them to make. Let’s work together to find helpful ways of making our leaving easy on those we love.

In Febrary 2021, we had an online presentation and conversation about this with Bonnie Bizzell who works with Honoring Choices PNW.
Saturday, Feb 20 at 2:00PM, they are hosting a webinar to help people complete their Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare DPOAH form. Registration is here.  

Other dates for both the Understanding Advance Care Planning and DPOAH webinars are here (as are partner events).
See the presentation slides from our February 2021 meeting here:
2021.02.09 First Presbrytarian Church ACP, ADs, Delightful Conversations
Honoring Choices PNW (website here) has links to the advance directive form and a resource for finding trained facilitators in the upper right area of the site.
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In April 2020, we had an online presentation and conversation about this with Bonnie Bizzell who works with Honoring Choices PNW.
Related resources:


Missed the Zoom meeting? Attend Peace Health’s online class to help you fill the paperwork out directly. Find out more

To do some homework and exploration, check out the following:
Three 90-secord (or less) videos that explain key concepts in advance care planning:
Advance Care Planning (APC) 101:
Choosing a Health Care Agent:
So, What is an Advance Directive?:
Honoring Choices PNW Advance Directive (Double-sided fillable PDF)
Prepare for Your Care –
Helping you advocate for yourself, and get things in order.
Resources for helping the conversation happen with your loved ones:
The Conversation Starter Kit –
Death Over Dinner –
Being Mortal – Book by Atul Gawande
Frontline did a special on Gawande’s book which can be great to start the conversation