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Death with Dignity: Considerations for Clinicians

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The Brunswick Hotel

4 Noble Street

Brunswick, ME 04011

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The Maine Death with Dignity Act: What’s it about, really?

Valerie Lovelace, MS

The ethically-charged question of hastening one’s own death when terminally ill often prompts strong reactions. Important concerns arise from just about every facet of medical aid-in-dying. There's so much information available, how is one to sort it all out?

With the 2019 passage of Maine's Death with Dignity Act, it's important for patients, family members, healthcare providers and others to have factual information regarding the new law, how it works, and who may qualify to use it. Social workers may be called upon to support patients who are working through questions about the law. Moreover, in private clinical settings, social workers may be asked to help their clients think through and process their options in Maine.

Patients should have access to unbiased information regarding expansion of Maine's end-of-life options. Being an informed healthcare worker will position you to better aid those who want to make fully informed decisions about their end-of-life care.

Valerie’s presentation and discussion enables participants to gain greater insight into how the law works, who can qualify for it, and explore what role social workers may have in the larger scheme of end-of-life conversations.

Learn about accessing the law, how it safe-guards patients and providers, and Maine’s own history with the movement.

About the presenter:

Valerie Lovelace is the Founder and Executive Director of a 501(c)(3) non-profit formerly known as It's My Death. The non-profit, based in Wiscasset, Maine, is now serving the state under the name Maine Death with Dignity, offering education, support, and advocacy for end of life options.

Valerie joined the Death with Dignity National Center in September 2019 to support grassroots efforts in other states trying to pass legislation.

Among other end-of-life topics, Valerie educates on the history of death with dignity in the United States, how the laws work, and the eligibility requirements for receiving life-ending medication a patient may take on their own to end their life peacefully and humanely.

She is the mother of three adult children and an artist. When she isn’t “doing death stuff” (her son’s description), she spends her time enjoying grandchildren and working on a variety of artistic projects.

Valerie is a retired Navy veteran. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Relations from Husson University and a Bachelor of Science degree, Industrial Technology, from the University of Southern Maine.

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  • This workshop qualifies for 3 contact hours as approved by NASW ME
  • You may register through Eventbrite with your credit card
  • You may register by check by emailing Barbara at bsteward.naswme@socialworkers.org and mailing your check to NASW ME, PO Box 5065, Augusta, ME 04332
  • Please note we are unable to refund registration fees.
  • Check in will start at 8:15 am and the workshop will start at 8:45 am.
  • Light breakfast refreshments will be available.
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