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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.

The last Mid-South Coalition for Comfort Care and Bioethics community meeting of 2017 will be held on Tuesday, October 3, from 5:30 - 7:3-0 PMat Trezevant Terrace.  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. 

Our speaker will be Allison Delugach, CIRS, MSW,LINC/211 Call Specialist for the Memphis Public Libraries.  The Library Information Center (LINC)  provides the most comprehensive database of community information in our area, as well as detailed referral services.  Their database can be accessed online, and callers can get their questions answered by simply dialing 211.  In addition to maintaining a list server that regularly updates subscribers on local not-for-profit and hospice-sponsored events of interest, LINC/211 is now presenting classes, including their Senior Safety Sessions, which the MCCCB has been publicizing in our e-updates.  Whether you are looking for information and programming or represent a not-for-profit group or hospice whose events you want to publicize, LINC/211 is for you.  Please join us and learn the details about the many services offered by LINC/211. 

For Example: LINC-211 is presenting monthly Wednesday Senior Safety Sessions from 10:30 AM until noon in Meeting Room A of the Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar, Memphis, TN 38111. Their October 11 session will be When Things Go Wrong.  Help is available if estate planning goes awry.  Learn about helpful resources for when things go wrong.

2017 MCCCB Consumer Education Presentations

This year we are extending the reach of our Community Education Programs to additional public libraries and to senior centers. 

The next MCCCB Consumer Education panel presentation will be a discussion group on Life's Last Decision: How and When Do I Want to Let Go? The event will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017,
from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM in Meeting Room A of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, located at 3030 Poplar Ave in Memphis. DOWNLOAD FLYER

This program will focus on options for care and treatment when a person’s condition has reached the point that no options are available for cure or stabilization. At this point, further curative treatment is likely only to extend the suffering of the individual. This discussion group will focus on options for care available in Tennessee for the person, including doing everything to try to cure, palliative care to treat symptoms, and choices provided by Tennessee’s Right to a Natural Death Act and the TN Health Care Decisions Act. Brief information will be provided on physician assisted dying, which is not available in Tennessee, but is available in a few other states. The objective of the program is to provide information so that each attendee is able to consider and decide what his or her Last Decision will be.

Panelists: Jeri Ashley, RN, MSN, palliative care nurse; Austin Dalgo, MD, physician/bioethicist; and Donna Harkness, JD, CELA, Professor and Director of the Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic, University of Memphis

For more information, please contact Emily Fox-Hill by email: or phone: 901-626-4233.

Directions: Waynoka Avenue crosses Highland between Walnut Grove and Sam Cooper Boulevard.  Turn west off Highland onto Waynoka, and the Trezevant entrance will be on your left.  Tell the guard that you will be attending the Comfort Care meeting.  Head to your right across the parking lot as you enter, then left, and follow the signs.  Circle to your left, and you will come out in front of the Terrace.  Enter through the double doors and turn right in front of the desk.  The activity room where we will meet will be the second door on your right.  For additional information, please contact Emily at (901) 626-4233 or 

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.