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We are a group of citizens dedicated to helping individuals live with dignity, comfort and peace as they near the end of life. The mission of the Mid-South Coalition for Comfort Care and Bioethics is to educate and support  community members and providers concerned with issues from chronic or serious illness through end of life.  We are delighted to have you join us.

In the past several years, this outreach has included an all-day conference at the University of Memphis, 2-hour programs at the Benjamin Hooks Library several times a year, and community meetings with a speaker at Trezevant Terrace every other month.  With regard to these efforts, we would appreciate your feedback to assist the board with future programming so that we may continue to meet the needs of the community.  Thank you in advance for participating in this survey!


The next Mid-South Coalition for Comfort Care and Bioethics (MCCCB) Community Meeting will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 PM on Tuesday, October 4,2016, at Trezevant Terrace, located at 3437 Waynoka Avenue.  The program will be entitled What Does It Mean to Honor Veterans?  The speaker will be Eddie L. Connor, MDiv, DMin, Chaplain for Methodist Hospice Residence, who served 20 years in the U.S. Army.  As usual, the meeting will begin with a potluck supper.  If you plan to bring food, please e-mail Emily at or call her at (901) 626-4233 to let her know what you will bring. 

Chaplain Conner will discuss Methodist Hospice's work with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's We Honor Veterans program.  Recognizing the unique needs of our nation's Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, hospice staff accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful end-of-life experience


Schedule of 2016 MCCCB Consumer Education Presentations ---FLYER

MCCCB Consumer Education Presentation, Sunday, November 13, 2016
2-4 PM
in Meeting Room A of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library located at 3030 Poplar Avenue.

Talking With Your Doctor

How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important elements of getting good health care. But talking to your doctor isn't always easy. It takes time and effort on your part, as well as your doctor's. This presentation will focus of practical strategies that you can use to communicate more clearly with your doctor. You will also learn what your rights are to clear and understandable health information.

● My rights to clear information and involvement in plan of care
● Prepping for appointment. What to say and ask? What’s taboo?
● Helpful websites and local places with more information

Dr. Carolyn Speros is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Professor Emeritus at the University of Memphis' Loewenberg College of Nursing. She has been active in the Memphis nursing community for over 40 years as a nurse practitioner, patient advocate, and nurse educator. She received her Bachelors in Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and a Masters and Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Tennessee. She currently serves as a Board member of the Mid-South Coalition for Comfort Care and Bioethics.

This program's FLYER


Audio recordings of the talks and discussion from the programs on:

Resources for Managing Care at Home

Deciding on a Nursing Home, Assisted Living or an Independent Living Community

Early Onset Dementia - Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

End-of-Life Care for People with End-Stage Liver Disease

Journeys In Caregiving: Personal Stories and Resources


NOTES on Dr. Shade's presentation entitled "Hope and Meaning Near the End of Life" Dr. Shade teaches Philosophy at Rhodes College.

We send out a monthly Comfort Care Update and periodic announcement of events of interest via listserver. To join our e-mail list and be kept up to date with our meeting times and places, e-mail Emily at efoxhill (at) aol (dot) com and ask to be added to the Comfort Care e-list.