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Waimanalo’s Morrison Shares ‘Directive’ Plan

Skye Morrison

It’s something that most of us don’t want to think about, studies say, but we all face it in the end.

Compassion & Choices Hawaii will have trained volunteers at Waimanalo Health Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday (April 15) to talk to clients and their families about endof-life directives and distribute “Good to Go” advance care planning tool-kits and directive forms.

The service is part of National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), which includes home-discussion parties April 14-20 and an awareness campaign at the state capitol April 16.

The Waimanalo site should be energized by Skye Morrison, CCH’s new coordinator of volunteers and end-of-life clinical care, who lives in the community. A licensed social worker, she previously worked at Island Hospice and at The Queen’s Medical Center ER. She also has been a child and family mental health therapist for the state departments of Education and Health, and worked in similar posts at private agencies.

CCH is affiliated with the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit working to improve care and expand choice when death is imminent. In this campaign, it hopes to get Hawaii families to think about, prepare for, and honor the specific wishes of terminally ill loved ones. For example, do they want to be kept alive through medical treatment, or would they want it withheld?

Morrison also seeks more volunteers to help the cause. Call her at 339-1608.