The Community Health Collaborative presents a staged reading of "Time to Go" at the M&D Playhouse

“Time To Go,” is a thought-provoking collection of three one-act plays on death and dying that is playing on September 15th and 16th at 7pm. Following the reading, there will be a discussion on the many end-of-life issues.

“Hey! It’s time to go!” How many times have we said that as we’re racing out the door? For each one of us, we will someday face that final time to go. “When people plan ahead they are more likely to have their wishes followed by their loved ones,” said Sandy Ruka, MS, RN, Executive Director of Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice. “Planning ahead also reduces stress on family members who may be unsure of what to do or have conflicting ideas.” For many of us, we may know our end-of-life preferences, but have we documented those?

According to AARP, most people say they would prefer to die at home, yet only about one-third of adults have an advance directive expressing their wishes for end-of-life care. Even among severely or terminally ill patients, fewer than 50 percent had an advance directive in their medical record.

The “Time To Go” collection of three one-act plays includes: “Journey into That Good Night”, “Stars at the Break of Day”, and “Time to Go”. Each play touches an aspect of life’s final journey: for a terminally ill young woman; for a woman coping with her dying father; and for the family and medical team of a young man in a coma and the painful decisions they must make. Two of the authors, Marjorie Ellen Rupert and Chuck McClelland will be at the event. Members of the Community Health Collaborative will lead a discussion on advance care directives and other ways you can make your end-of-life wishes known to your loved ones and medical professionals.

This event is free and open to the public on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th at the M&D Playhouse at 1857 White Mountain Hwy in North Conway. Click here to reserve tickets, or call the box office at (603) 733-5275. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors open at 6:30pm and the event starts at 7pm. A special thank you to our event sponsors: Andy Orsini of Merrill Lynch, and Paul Chant of Cooper, Cargill and Chant.


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