Monthly Newsletter
September 2019

Dr. John Mulder
MCM Steering Committee Member

Dave Kampfschulte
MCM Facilitator & Speaker

Carl Ver Beek
MCM Board Member
Congratulations, Senior Neighbors 16 over 60 honorees.
Thank you for your dedication to MCM!
Join us at the Capital Area Summit
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The MTG Space | Lansing, MI

Robert Gordon

Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Regina Holliday

Patient Rights Activist & Artist
Founder of the Walking Gallery
In partnership with Great Lakes Health Connect ,
the Capital Area Summit will feature an Advance Care Planning (ACP) track featuring best practice breakout sessions with statewide ACP experts. Network and learn from
local, state, and national leaders!

Presentations will help attendees understand recent policy changes, advance directive storage/retrieval mechanisms, and how to promote shared decision making at all stages (including community based ACP programs). These presentations will enhance healthcare provider’s ability to honor a person’s wishes!

Upcoming Events
Thinking Ahead: Facing Healthcare Decisions
When Faced with Memory Loss

Tuesday, October 22 | 6-8 PM
Thursday, October 24 | 10 AM - 12 PM

Do you or someone you care about struggle with memory loss?

Have you ever wondered what kinds of future healthcare
choices someone with memory loss faces?

This class is appropriate for individuals/families concerned about current or future memory loss issues in themselves or a loved one. The presentation will include the basics of brain structure and function, behaviors one may see in dementia, and ways to seek support. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to review, and possibly complete, an advance care planning document that would list their preferences for care in the various stages of memory loss.

Presented by:

Lisa Misenheimer, MSW
Director, Rethinking Dementia Accelerating Change

Carol Robinson DNP, RN, CHPN,
Community Coordinator, Making Choices Michigan

Making Choices Michigan
770 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

1st Floor Community Room

Cost: $20/person
(Scholarships available)

Natural (Green) Burial and Home Funerals:
What you need to know, before you go!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
7-8:30 PM

To some, talking about funeral rites and passages are taboo.
To others, the conversation is a source of curiosity, practicality and/or reflective of one’s own spirituality. If you have had an advance care planning conversation with us, you also know we ask about your burial preferences in order to make it easier for the ones you leave behind.

This class will answer all sorts of questions about the somewhat newer (and some ancient!) practices of home funerals and natural burials. From the definitions of the various burial choices (including water/marine reef placement) to legal requirements, environmental impact and involvement of family and friends, this is an evening you won’t forget!

Presented by:

Mr. Paul Uzarski, Heritage Life Funeral Homes
Mr. Ron Zartman, Ridgeview Memorial Gardens


Making Choices Michigan
770 Kenmoor Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

1st Floor Community Room

Cost: Donations to MCM are appreciated, but not required for this event.

Did You Know?
"More Americans are recognizing their carbon footprint extends past death and are shunning traditional burials that involve formaldehyde embalming, treated caskets,
concrete vaults and more.

Over half (53.8%) of respondents to a 2017 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association said they are interested in natural, or green, burials to reduce the environmental
impact of end-of-life rituals."

- Rachel Watson, Grand Rapids Business Journal
First Step Advance Care
Planning Facilitator Training
Friday, November 8, 2019
8 AM to 4:30 PM
Grand Rapids, Michigan
For questions regarding our upcoming training, please contact:

Interested in exploring how you can volunteer with MCM?

Would you like to sponsor an ACP education event?

Our Impact
Thanks to our partners around the state who register their patient and client Advance Directives to Great Lakes Health Connect, we now have over 60,000 documents available in the Community Health Record! Registering these documents makes them available (only as appropriate) to a state-wide network of hospitals, primary, specialty, and allied care organizations, ensuring that healthcare providers will have immediate access to their patient's wishes.
Click here to learn more about registering your patient and client documents or to schedule your ACP appointment today!
Making Choices Michigan | Office: (616) 421-4840 |