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Family Hospice and Palliative Care partners with Home Instead Senior Care to present free educational series

PITTSBURGH, PA – August 30, 2016 – Family Hospice and Palliative Care and Home Instead Senior Care are presenting a four-part educational series titled "Approaching the Unapproachable: Finding Peace in Preparedness." All presentations will be held at Family Hospice in Mt. Lebanon, 50 Moffett St., Pittsburgh, with a focus on informing attendees about important concerns at the end of life.

"Discussing our end-of-life care tends to be a challenging topic for most people," explains Eric Horwith, Family Hospice regional director of growth and business development. "As a matter of fact, it's our human nature to be more reactive than proactive when it comes to making these types of uncomfortable yet necessary decisions."

He explains why this free lecture series is being offered for the public to attend: "This was developed because of suggestions from our direct care staff who, through their daily interactions with patients and families, felt that such topics are essential in helping to support each and every individual's end-of-life journey. Our hope is that by educating the community on these important life decisions, we can assure that people facing end of life can have peace of mind that their personal wishes and desires have been honored."

The community is invited to attend for one or all programs. Light refreshments will be served.

The first program in the series is "Organ Donation: The Gift of Life", set for Tues., Sept. 20 from 1-2 p.m. Katelynn Metz, community outreach coordinator for CORE, will share what attendees need to know when considering organ donation.

The second program "A Conversation about Cremations and Celebrations" will be held Mon., Oct. 3 from 10-11 a.m., featuring Christine Crompton, community outreach coordinator, John F. Slater Funeral Home.

The third program is titled "Funeral Trends: Past, Present and Future" and will be held on Thurs., Oct. 20 from 4-5 p.m. Pete McQuillin of the Funeral Consumers Alliance Speakers Bureau will present.

The final program will focus on "Honoring Those Who Served: Veterans' Care and Assistance", set for Fri., Nov. 4 from 2-3 p.m. Scott Beinhauer, director of operations for Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, and Ron Hestdalen, director of National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, will co-present.

For more information, call 412-572-8800 or visit FamilyHospicePA.org.

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