BENNINGTON -- No one really knows when they will die. Most people expect death is years away, but there is no way to know for sure. That's why it's never too early to begin a conversation about the type of care and treatment each person wants to have at the end of life.

On March 25, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of SVHC will host a public discussion from 4 to 5 p. m. in the Crispe Room at the Vermont Veteran's Home. The discussion is designed to help people begin to have the conversation about end-of-life-care.

Dr. Allen Hutcheson and Elizabeth Fredland, a local primary care physician and medical director of the hospice program and a licensed social worker with hospice, respectively, will lead the talk. Hutcheson and Fredland will lead participants through preparing for the end of life in a non-confrontational style that engages the audience. The program also comes with an easy-to-understand booklet to help participants guide their own discussions at home.

"We prepare for everything in life. The birth of a child, college, marriage, retirement, our work life, even vacations," Fredland said. "We rarely take the time to talk with our families and friends about the types of care we want at the end of life. These conversations are difficult, but extremely important."

The discussion is part of a public education initiative by Vermont's non-profit VNA, home health, and hospice agencies and the Vermont Ethics Network.

For more information and to reserve a spot at this discussion, call the VNA & Hospice at 802-442-5502.