Plan for all stages of life at library

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In general, people plan events throughout their lives.

You try to plan your future by choosing the right college, the right job and the right partner with whom to share that future.

When you decide to get married plans are made, first for an engagement party and later for the wedding.

Wedding showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties are organized and hopefully enjoyed.

After the wedding, when everything has settled down, you plan to have children and, if everything follows this plan, you will be blessed with these little miracles.

Then you realize you also have to plan for them. You try to make sure that everything in their lives is as well organized as possible.

Even when unexpected events happen, you make adjustments and plan again.

Eventually, and inevitably, there comes a time in everybody’s life that is the final stage – for some, far in the future, for others nearer to the present. Not a lot of people prepare for this final stage, even with all the planning done throughout their lives.

But you can plan the outcome of this final stage, preventing actions taken by well-meaning loved ones or strangers that you may not want. Please join author Dick Côté on Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-7.30 p.m. as he presents “Gentle Landings: How to Ensure a Death with Dignity.”

Mr. Côté will explain how to use five legally-binding advance medical directives to spell out what medical procedures you want, when they will be used, and for how long.

You can ensure that your end-of-life choices are followed exactly as you have planned.

Adults and Teens Programs

Spring into Summer Reading (grades 6-12)

May 1-31

Spring into Summer Reading by visiting the Young Adult area for information about this year’s South Carolina Book Awards. 

Complete a Summer Reading word search to earn a sweet treat.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club: A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Summer and the City” by Candace Bushnell

Movie: “Sex and the City” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Rated R, 148 minutes.

Gentle Landings: How to Ensure a Death with Dignity (adults)

Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Author Dick Côté will teach attendees how to assure that their end-of-life choices are carried out exactly as they have specified, by using five legally-binding advance medical directives. These documents spell out exactly what medical procedures the patient wants to ensure (or forbid), when and how long they should be carried out, and when to cease their use.

Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch (1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org). Remember to email MTPReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

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