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Ending Life as Beautifully as It Began

An End-of-Life Discussion can be a Gift.

A Thought Provoking Grapevine Event moderated by Wendy Norman

The one thing that is certain, is that we will all face the end of our life. Death is not an easy topic, that's for sure. But death is something that we will all face at one point or another. Hopefully, it will be when we are ready to go and have had a long and healthy journey to the end.

But if not, are we ready? Are our wishes documented? Have we shared them with loved ones? Have we chosen the right healthcare providers, advocates, and institutions to honor them? Have we sat down and really thought about what we'd want at the end? Do you know what your parents or other loved ones want when they pass?

It’s also about leaving behind the messages, the gestures and the lessons you want to grace your loved ones with. Whether your life ends unexpectedly or you have time to say goodbye, being prepared ahead of time can give you enormous peace of mind. During this evening, we’ll share the options you have to consider when thinking about your end of life planning or that of your family members. We will also highlight stories from the Grapevine community that showcase unique and special celebrations of life through rituals and gestures that exemplify how to end life as beautifully as it began!



Wendy Norman recently left a 25 year career at Microsoft to become an advocate for end of life planning. Through her mother’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s, Wendy watched the confusion and lack of clarity regarding healthcare planning and end of life options cripple her family. Sparked by a sense of responsibility to help others avoid the same fate, she will now devote her time and skills to help educate and build awareness for end of life choice and planning.

Guest Speakers:


Kathy Long wants everyone to understand that end of life planning and sharing with loved ones is a GIFT! A gift because it takes your wishes, or those of your parents, and wraps them up into a nice little bow so there is no guessing or confusion for those left behind. Kathy dedicates her time to helping people plan what their wishes are at the end, outlining the importance of advanced healthcare directives, providing a checklist to help organize end of life planning, and reviewing the options for how our bodies will leave this physical earth. Kathy spent six years as office manager and executive director of People’s Memorial Association (PMA) - the oldest and largest funeral education and advocacy non profit in the United States. As a celebration of its 80th year, PMA promoted state legislators to legalize two additional forms of final disposition. Kathy will update you on these two new options, and all of the choices you and your loved ones have in this state when you pass.

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Arline Roller Hinckley has long had an interest in end of life issues and has been actively involved since the late 1980s in supporting the rights of terminally ill people to choose the time and manner of their deaths. During the 2008 campaign for the Washington Death with Dignity Initiative, she was a statewide spokesperson, often campaigning with Governor Booth Gardner. She has been on the Boards of the Washington State Hemlock Society, Compassion and Choices of Washington and currently End of Life Washington. In her capacity as a Volunteer Client Adviser, she has also provided free support and counseling to over 200 terminally ill citizens of Washington. Arline was raised in Seattle and is a graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota and the University of Washington School of Social Work. Her work has been with the Seattle-King County Health Department in the Maternal and Infant Care program serving high risk pregnant women and infants and at the University of Missouri Medical Center on a Hematology-Oncology team and as an instructor of medical students on the needs of terminally ill patients and their families.


Nisha Nariya cannot stress enough the importance of end of life planning. Every person and family is unique and Nisha seeks to understand the needs of her clients so their wishes are respected upon their passing. As an estate planning attorney, Nisha counsels clients on both the tax and nontax aspects of estate planning. She helps clients through all stages of estate planning, including, the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, gift planning, and probate. Nisha will discuss with you some basics of estate planning to provide a foundation of the types of things to be mindful of and that should be prepared. Nisha is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is currently practicing at Perkins Coie LLP.

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