Say it Out Loud: Who's Your Person? What's Your Plan? - April 17

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Davis Auditorium, The University of Vermont Medical Center, 111 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT

No one likes to think about being ill or injured, yet it can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age or health status. Who should your doctors speak with if you are unable to speak for yourself? What would be most important to you if your recovery would not include a return of health as you knew it? The best quality health care includes making choices centered on your goals and values, and advance care planning documents can help. This event will help to clarify how advance directives are used to ensure patients receive the care they would most value and will shed light on the documents available, which one is right for you, and how to register them.

Join us for a screening of What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death, a short TED Talk featuring Lucy Kalanithi (widow of Paul Kalanithi, author of When Breath Becomes Air), followed by a panel discussion and opportunity to have your questions answered regarding medical decision-making in Vermont. Lucy’s TED Talk encourages us all to “say it out loud” by having conversations with loved ones about what’s most important to us and documenting those wishes while we still can.

Trained volunteers will be available to answer any questions you may have about the medical decision-making process, assist you in completing documents, and/or witness any documents you may have already completed.


  • Zail S. Berry, MD, MPH, The University of Vermont Medical Center
  • Sally Bliss, RN, MSB, Clinical Ethicist, The University of Vermont Medical Center (moderator)
  • Molly Dugan, Director, Support and Services at Home (SASH), Cathedral Square
  • Howard Hoffman, MSW, Community Liaison, BAYADA Hospice



Parking vouchers will be available for the medical center garage. Please visit the Who’s Your Person… What’s Your Plan? information table at the event to request a parking voucher.

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