Brattleboro Area Hospice Volunteer and Friends Newsletter
Join us at our 
Dia de los Muertos Community Altar
Honoring Those We Love
A detail from this year's Altar now up at Experienced Goods

Friday, November 4, 5 - 7:00 pm
Experienced Goods Thrift Shop

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is an important holiday in Latin America when families gather to honor loved ones who have died. The celebration is not a mournful one, but rather a time to share with others in remembering those who have died.

On November 4 , Gallery Walk Friday, we invite you to a Day of the Dead observance at our Community Altar at Experienced Goods Thrift Shop. Paper and markers will be available to write a memorial message to place on the altar. You may also bring an item to leave in honor of your loved one.  Please use photocopied pictures and objects of no great concern since items cannot be returned .    Light refreshments will be served.
Curious about this popular event?

The Death Cafe
 returns to Brattleboro!
Thurs. November 3, 6:00-7:30 pm
The Restless Rooster on Elliot St.

This event is free and open to the public. The Death Café provides a comfortable space for people to discuss their ideas/thoughts about death. Conversations are thought provoking and life-affirming, and never boring.

Space is limited, so you must pre-register.  People have been turned away at the door at previous cafes that are full, so we encourage you to reserve your space early!

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Cicely Carroll, Bereavement Counselor, at 257-0775, ext. 108 or email Cicely at
Join us once again at the Brattleboro Film Festival!
Sunday, Nov 6, 4pm
The Latchis Theater

This year we're sponsoring Last Cab to Darwin, a wonderful film from Australia.

Last Cab to Darwin
Last Cab to Darwin
2015 Jeremy Sims  123 min  Australia   Drama

In this sweet-hearted film, a cab driver, Rex, has spent his life avoiding getting too close to people, including his best friend, Polly. After discovering he is dying, he decides to leave his home alone and drive 3000kms across the continent to Darwin, where there are recently passed euthanasia laws. So begins a very lively and epic journey. 
Advance Care Planning: 
Digging Into the Details
Monday, November 14, 6-8pm
BMH Brew Barry Conference Room

Joanna Rueter, LICSW, Coordinator, 
Taking Steps Brattleboro
Franz Reichsman, MD, Associate Medical Director, Bayada Hospice  

You know you need to finish your advance care directive. Your completed directive protects you and your loved ones from agonizing, heart-rending second-guessing in times of crisis.

In this workshop you will: Get familiar with the range of terms and their consequences including: Agent, COLST, DNR, Code Status, Quality of Life, Hospice, Heroic Measures, and Palliative Care. Gain clarity on the choices so you can align them with your values and wishes   And learn what to do with your directive when it's completed.

Call 257-8877 to register for this free program.
Taking Steps Brattleboro

Your questions answered by  Joanna Rueter, 
our Advance Care Planning Coordinator

Hi Joanna - This is a good article- short and clear - another way of outlining what we talk about in our team meetings.  Can you get it into the e-news for others?   Hope so, Chas

Thanks lots for sending this Chas. It's always helpful when people send in things they've discovered.  Joanna

Click here to read the article:
Death, the Family Killer: How to keep your family strong and thriving when you most need it.   From the author, Dr. Jessica Zitter: " As an ICU doctor, I often care for patients who can no longer speak for themselves. Whether their illness came on gradually or occurred without warning, they lie in bed without a voice. Their family, if they have one, must take on the role of surrogate decision-makers. This is a tremendous responsibility and can cause upheaval and rifts in even the most functional of families."

Dear Joanna , Please could you remind folks that it doesn't have to cost much at all to complete and register an advanced directive. They don't need an attorney. They don't need a notary.  And the registry can be accessed from anywhere in the country.  You can prevent a lot of heartache, and save time and energy by having a directive in place.  Thanks, Thrifty Ann
Thanks Ann,  You're right.  I do recommend meeting with one of our trained volunteer facilitators in order to have help talking about and thinking through the details.  The witnesses can be any two adults who are not named in your directive. There is no cost other than copying and a stamp.  Joanna

Please feel free to contact Joanna with your ACP questions by phone 802-257-0775 x101  or email:  


A live
PopUp Store
 is coming!

Hospice Shop
Pop Up

Friday, Dec 2 
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 3
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Curated high quality gifts & treasures
in the Brooks House Atrium

All to benefit Hospice

LAST PopUp Auction opens Friday Nov 4 @ 5pm

Includes an African Safari!

Below are 
messages of love 
left at  last year's
 Dia de los Muertos Altar

How we're different.... why we're important

Brattleboro Area Hospice is one of only 200 volunteer non-profit hospices left in the United States providing volunteer-staffed programs to dying and grieving community members. We were founded in 1979 on the belief that no one should die alone, and are dedicated to offering all services free of charge.


Holiday Support Gathering  at Hospice
Tuesday November 29, 5:30-6:30 pm
Please join us at the hospice office, 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro for a special time to gather with others who are grieving to talk about challenges of and strategies for grieving during the holiday season. 

Connie Baxter and Cicely Carroll will provide the hospitality and, if needed, gentle guidance for the conversation.  Give yourself the gift of support for this potentially difficult season.  Call and let us know that you plan to come, or, simply show up!

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