The public is invited to a special program, the GIFT Project: Giving Instructions for Tomorrow. The program, which discusses the arrangements needed for the last chapter of life, will be held Tuesday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tenth Street United Methodist Church, 410 W. Tenth St. in Taylor. The program is sponsored by Hospice Austin and funded by the St. David’s Foundation.

During the hour-long GIFT Project session participants will learn how to identify their own preferences, if there is a time when one cannot speak for themselves; decide how to choose a medical power of attorney; discuss wishes with loved ones and medical providers and complete advance directives.

Church member John McDonald has arranged for local police, fire and EMS personnel to be available to also answer questions that evening. Hospice Austin will have notary publics available to complete necessary forms if anyone chooses to do so at the conclusion of the program.

“What’s important is that people decide for themselves what they want, speak to their loved ones and write their wishes down,” McDonald said.

A light meal will be provided for those attending, but a reservation needs to be made by calling 512-352-2244.

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