Are Your Plans Set?

FREE Community Webinar Series

Five Essential Ways to Express Your End-of-Life Preferences.

Every Thursday in September at 6:00 p.m.

Register and you can choose which sessions you want to attend.

Harrell Funeral Home is joining community leaders together from St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Pajak Law, Edward Jones, Hospice Austin, and Austin Palliative Care every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. during the month of September. Together we are presenting a free four-part webinar series identifying five ways to prepare before an end-of-life event occurs.

Experts in legal, financial, medical, and funeral planning will help families make sure their plans are set. Speakers will address topics essential to your plans such as: a will, beneficiary designations, long-term care planning, advance care directives, palliative care vs hospice care, what happens after someone dies, the benefits of preplanning a funeral, and the help you will need to close your estate.

Please join experts as they help you create plans that make your wishes clear today and give instructions for tomorrow.

Fill out the form to register today!

FREE Community Webinar Series

Five Essential Ways to Express Your End-of-Life Preferences.

Every Thursday in September at 6:00 p.m.

Register and you can choose which sessions you want to attend.

Harrell Funeral Home is joining community leaders together from St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Pajak Law, Edward Jones, Hospice Austin, and Austin Palliative Care every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. during the month of September. Together we are presenting a free four-part webinar series identifying five ways to prepare before an end-of-life event occurs.

Experts in legal, financial, medical, and funeral planning will help families make sure their plans are set. Speakers will address topics essential to your plans such as: a will, beneficiary designations, long-term care planning, advance care directives, palliative care vs hospice care, what happens after someone dies, the benefits of preplanning a funeral, and the help you will need to close your estate.

Please join experts as they help you create plans that make your wishes clear today and give instructions for tomorrow.

Fill out the form below to register today!

Are Your Plans Set? Webinar Sessions

9.3

Estate Planning

Preparing for the Unexpected…and the Expected: Estate Planning Essentials
Ken Pajak, Pajak Law

Planning for Long-term Care Expenses
Kevin Waggoner, Edward Jones Financial Planning

9.10

Advance Care Planning*

Having the Conversation
Liz Weeks, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
Ginny Erboe, Hospice Austin

9.17

Memorial Planning

Rising Above Uncertainty
Jason Harrell, Harrell Funeral Home Owner
Grace Cook, Preplanning Counselor
Wade Lind, Harrell Funeral Home Director
Matt VanDrimmelen, Full-Circle Aftercare Owner

9.24

Palliative Care

Community Based Palliative Care
Dr. Kate Tindall, Austin Palliative Care

*Approved for 1-hour CEU credit. Hospice Austin is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002098

9.3

Estate Planning

Preparing for the Unexpected…and the Expected: Estate Planning Essentials
Ken Pajak, Pajak Law

Planning for Long-term Care Expenses
Kevin Waggoner, Edward Jones Financial Planning

9.10

Advance Care Planning*

Having the Conversation
Liz Weeks, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
Ginny Erboe & Shirley Price, Hospice Austin

9.17

Memorial Planning

Rising Above Uncertainty

Jason Harrell, Harrell Funeral Home Owner
Grace Cook, Preplanning Counselor
Wade Lind, Harrell Funeral Home Director
Matt VanDrimmelen, Full-Circle Aftercare Owner

9.24

Palliative Care

Community Based Palliative Care
Dr. Kate Tindall, Austin Palliative Care

*Approved for 1-hour CEU credit. Hospice Austin is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Louisiana State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. LSNA Provider No. 4002098

“We are pleased to join community leaders and businesses in educating and encouraging families to prioritize end-of-life planning. While it is always important, it is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, as symptoms of the disease can progress quickly. Having an advanced healthcare directive allows patients to identify a family member or loved one who can make decisions about end-of-life on their behalf if they are unable to do so themselves.”

DeVry Anderson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center

“We are pleased to join community leaders and businesses in educating and encouraging families to prioritize end-of-life planning. While it is always important, it is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, as symptoms of the disease can progress quickly. Having an advanced healthcare directive allows patients to identify a family member or loved one who can make decisions about end-of-life on their behalf if they are unable to do so themselves.”

DeVry Anderson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center

90+% of people

believe it’s important to talk about their loved ones’ and their own wishes for end-of-life-care

Fewer than 30% have actually done it.

70% of people

say they would prefer to die at home.

70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term-care facility.

80% of people

say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care.

Only 7% report having had this conversation.

82% of people

say it’s important to put their wishes in writing

Only 23% have actually done so.

90+% of people

believe it’s important to talk about their loved ones’ and their own wishes for end-of-life-care

Fewer than 30% have actually done it.

70% of people

say they would prefer to die at home.

70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term-care facility.

80% of people

say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care.

Only 7% report having had this conversation.

82% of people

say it’s important to put their wishes in writing

Only 23% have actually done so.

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Meet Our Speakers

9.3 Session 1: Estate Planning

Preparing for the Unexpected…and the Expected: Estate Planning Essentials

Benjamin Franklin’s claim that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” still rings true 230 years later. If death is expected, then why do so many people continue to die without a Will — making the probate process more expensive and stressful? Estate planning is not just something that “rich” people do; it is an opportunity for you to reduce the emotional and financial burden on those persons who survive you or have to make decisions for you while you are alive, but incapacitated. This presentation will provide an overview of essential estate planning utilizing a Will and advanced directives.

Ken Pajak
Pajak Law, Attorney and Founder

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Ken Pajak is the founder of Pajak Law, PLLC, a law firm in Austin, Texas, and a part-time adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law. For over 21 years, Ken has helped clients understand the complex laws that affect their assets and then implement estate plans for their unique situations. When a loved one has passed, Ken guides their surviving spouses, children, and friends through the Texas probate process. Married for 20 years and on the verge of empty nesting, Ken will soon be – bittersweetly – moving on from his “scout dad” and “dance dad” chapters into the “we can take a vacation anytime” era!

Ken Pajak
Pajak Law, Attorney and Founder

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Ken Pajak is the founder of Pajak Law, PLLC, a law firm in Austin, Texas, and a part-time adjunct professor at The University of Texas School of Law. For over 21 years, Ken has helped clients understand the complex laws that affect their assets and then implement estate plans for their unique situations. When a loved one has passed, Ken guides their surviving spouses, children, and friends through the Texas probate process. Married for 20 years and on the verge of empty nesting, Ken will soon be – bittersweetly – moving on from his “scout dad” and “dance dad” chapters into the “we can take a vacation anytime” era!

Preparing for the Unexpected: Planning for Long-term Care Expenses

Health care is expected to remain one of the biggest expenses in retirement.  Medicare, along with Medicare-approved insurance plans such as Medigap or Medicare Advantage, may cover a large part of traditional medical expenses. However, it does not cover all health care expenses. Long-term care is potentially the largest of these. That’s why it is important to include potential long-term care costs in your retirement strategy, whether you are preparing for retirement or are already retired.

Kevin Waggoner
Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

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Kevin Waggoner is a graduate from Texas Tech University and has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones for 19 years. He believes it is very important to invest his time in understanding what his client’s goals are in order to best help them invest their money wisely. He helps clients develop strategies to protect their financial future and their loved ones. He has been married for 20 years and enjoys volunteering with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, traveling and serving in leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America.

Kevin Waggoner
Edward Jones, Financial Advisor

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Kevin Waggoner is a graduate from Texas Tech University and has been a financial advisor with Edward Jones for 19 years. He believes it is very important to invest his time in understanding what his client’s goals are in order to best help them invest their money wisely. He helps clients develop strategies to protect their financial future and their loved ones. He has been married for 20 years and enjoys volunteering with Mobile Loaves and Fishes, traveling and serving in leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America.

9.10 Session 2: Advanced Care Planning

Having the Conversation

No doubt today, we are living in challenging times. There are many circumstances beyond our control, but fortunately, we can take steps to help ourselves and loved ones prepare before an unforeseen event. Talking about what kind of healthcare we might want if there comes a time we can’t speak for ourselves is one vital area to plan ahead of time. Join experts online from St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, Hospice Austin, and The Gift Project for an interactive crash course on advance care planning. We will discuss advanced care planning and how to identify your preferences, choose a medical power of attorney, have a conversation with a loved one and medical provider regarding your wishes, and review the advance directive forms.

Ginny Erboe

Ginny Erboe
Hospice Austin, Registered Nurse

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Ginny Erboe has been a registered nurse for 25 years. She got her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University and her Masters in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas. She has been doing hospice for 19 years with 17 years at Hospice Austin, as an admissions RN and prior to that she was at Seton Medical Center on the cardiac floor and in the electrophysiology lab. Her passion is to serve and help others.

Ginny Erboe

Ginny Erboe
Hospice Austin, Registered Nurse

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Ginny Erboe has been a registered nurse for 25 years. She got her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University and her Masters in Nursing Administration at the University of Texas. She has been doing hospice for 19 years with 17 years at Hospice Austin, as an admissions RN and prior to that she was at Seton Medical Center on the cardiac floor and in the electrophysiology lab. Her passion is to serve and help others.

Elizabeth Weeks

Elizabeth Weeks, RN, MSN, AG-CNS-BC
St David’s South Austin Medical Center, Palliative Care Program Manager, Registered Nurse

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Liz’s Nursing Mission: “To care for patients as if I have always known them and that I will see them again every day.”

She currently oversees the Palliative Care Program and Inpatient Hospice initiative for HCA Healthcare affiliated hospitals in Austin and El Paso. She helps integrate the Palliative Care Nurse Coordinators into the interdisciplinary clinical care teams at those facilities. Liz also sees patients with the clinical team at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center as a palliative care nurse, interacting with many patients and families. She is the founder of the Austin Palliative Care Society and currently the Palliative Care Coordinator for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Committee in Austin. Prior to her current position, Liz was a nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

Elizabeth Weeks

Elizabeth Weeks, RN, MSN, AG-CNS-BC
St David’s South Austin Medical Center, Palliative Care Program Manager, Registered Nurse

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Liz’s Nursing Mission: “To care for patients as if I have always known them and that I will see them again every day.”

She currently oversees the Palliative Care Program and Inpatient Hospice initiative for HCA Healthcare affiliated hospitals in Austin and El Paso. She helps integrate the Palliative Care Nurse Coordinators into the interdisciplinary clinical care teams at those facilities. Liz also sees patients with the clinical team at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center as a palliative care nurse, interacting with many patients and families. She is the founder of the Austin Palliative Care Society and currently the Palliative Care Coordinator for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Committee in Austin. Prior to her current position, Liz was a nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of St. David’s South Austin Medical Center.

9.17 Session 3: Memorial Planning

Rising Above Uncertainty

Learn how to preplan ahead of time to meet the new and changing memorial regulations.  Learn about trends, questions that must be asked, and how to safeguard your estate and family by planning ahead. Are your plans set?

Jason Harrell
Harrell Funeral Home, Owner

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Jason has been a funeral director since 1994. He founded Frontier Cremations, an onsite crematory at Harrell Funeral Homes in 2008 and became a co-partner at the Harrell Funeral Homes in 2012. In January 2018, he purchased Angel Funeral Home, and in January 2019 he founded ATXCremation, an online cremation company. Jason offices in the South Austin location of Harrell Funeral Home and oversees operations for all funeral home locations.

Jason Harrell
Harrell Funeral Home, Owner

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Jason has been a funeral director since 1994. He founded Frontier Cremations, an onsite crematory at Harrell Funeral Homes in 2008 and became a co-partner at the Harrell Funeral Homes in 2012. In January 2018, he purchased Angel Funeral Home, and in January 2019 he founded ATXCremation, an online cremation company. Jason offices in the South Austin location of Harrell Funeral Home and oversees operations for all funeral home locations.

Wade Lind
Harrell Funeral Home, Director

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Wade is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and serves as Manager of the Kyle Funeral Home location. He has 25 years of experience in the funeral industry performing in numerous capacities including sales manager, pre-arrangement counselor, embalmer, lead funeral director, and general manager. Wade demonstrates exceptional talent applying his leadership in his profession and impacting the community. He has successfully designed, built, and operated his own funeral home and crematorium in a community, while at the same time revitalizing a nonoperational cemetery and renewing purpose and vitality to the area. Harrell Funeral home was excited to welcome Wade to their staff in 2016.

Wade Lind
Harrell Funeral Home, Director

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Wade is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Crematory Operator, and serves as Manager of the Kyle Funeral Home location. He has 25 years of experience in the funeral industry performing in numerous capacities including sales manager, pre-arrangement counselor, embalmer, lead funeral director, and general manager. Wade demonstrates exceptional talent applying his leadership in his profession and impacting the community. He has successfully designed, built, and operated his own funeral home and crematorium in a community, while at the same time revitalizing a nonoperational cemetery and renewing purpose and vitality to the area. Harrell Funeral home was excited to welcome Wade to their staff in 2016.

Matt Van Drimmelen
Full-Circle Aftercare, President

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Matt Van Drimmelen was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. He attended Utah State University where he studied Civil Engineering. During college, he helped his father successfully grow a real estate appraisal business and eventually went on to work for a residential land developer and government right of way agency.

Matt had always wanted to own his own business, just like his father, and in 2013 this dream became a reality. Matt and a friend launched a company to help families after the loss of a loved one. Matt noticed most funeral homes, hospices, or attorneys were just providing families a checklist of things that should be done and expecting them to do all these tasks on their own and under the stress of grieving. Full-Circle was established and began acting as a “concierge service” to take families by the hand and walk with them to complete necessary tasks. In 2016, Matt became the sole owner of Full-Circle Aftercare and expanded to help funeral homes throughout the United States.

Matt married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Marquessa, and they have six beautiful children. He is an Eagle Scout who is passionate about gardening and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, or camping with his family.

Matt Van Drimmelen
Full-Circle Aftercare, President

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Matt Van Drimmelen was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. He attended Utah State University where he studied Civil Engineering. During college, he helped his father successfully grow a real estate appraisal business and eventually went on to work for a residential land developer and government right of way agency.

Matt had always wanted to own his own business, just like his father, and in 2013 this dream became a reality. Matt and a friend launched a company to help families after the loss of a loved one. Matt noticed most funeral homes, hospices, or attorneys were just providing families a checklist of things that should be done and expecting them to do all these tasks on their own and under the stress of grieving. Full-Circle was established and began acting as a “concierge service” to take families by the hand and walk with them to complete necessary tasks. In 2016, Matt became the sole owner of Full-Circle Aftercare and expanded to help funeral homes throughout the United States.

Matt married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Marquessa, and they have six beautiful children. He is an Eagle Scout who is passionate about gardening and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, or camping with his family.

Grace Cook
Harrell Funeral Home, Advanced Funeral Planner

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Grace recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Texas A&M University in College Station. Her minor focuses on Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation. Upon completing this degree, Grace moved to Austin in 2019 and began serving as an Advanced Funeral Planner at Harrell Funeral Home. Outside of work, Grace enjoys serving in her Church leading high school students in activities and retreats. She also has an adventurous spirit, loves listening to live bands, hiking and running trails, and reading.

Grace Cook
Harrell Funeral Home, Advanced Funeral Planner

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Grace recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Texas A&M University in College Station. Her minor focuses on Nonprofit Management and Social Innovation. Upon completing this degree, Grace moved to Austin in 2019 and began serving as an Advanced Funeral Planner at Harrell Funeral Home. Outside of work, Grace enjoys serving in her Church leading high school students in activities and retreats. She also has an adventurous spirit, loves listening to live bands, hiking and running trails, and reading.

9.24 Session 4: Palliative Care

Community Based Palliative Care

A serious illness can erode a person’s comfort, dignity, and quality of life.  Palliative care partners with your current medical team to provide an extra layer of support to treat the symptoms and stresses that accompany a serious illness. The purpose of palliative medicine is to lessen the physical symptoms of the disease and ease the associated emotional and social stresses. Join us as we help you discover when your family might need palliative care, how it is different from hospice care, and what you can do to receive the care at home.

Dr. Kate Tindall
Austin Palliative Care/Hospice Austin, Palliative Care Medical Director

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Kate is dual board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She completed her training, including her Palliative Medicine fellowship, at UTSW. She was most recently working as the Assistant Medical Director of the Palliative Care Team for Parkland Hospital as well as Assistant Professor at the UTSW Medical School. She brings a passion for providing compassionate, patient-centered care to the seriously ill population and is thrilled to offer this care to the Austin community, where she grew up.

Dr. Kate Tindall
Austin Palliative Care/Hospice Austin, Palliative Care Medical Director

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Kate is dual board-certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She completed her training, including her Palliative Medicine fellowship, at UTSW. She was most recently working as the Assistant Medical Director of the Palliative Care Team for Parkland Hospital as well as Assistant Professor at the UTSW Medical School. She brings a passion for providing compassionate, patient-centered care to the seriously ill population and is thrilled to offer this care to the Austin community, where she grew up.

How to Receive CEU Credit

Please email Shirley Price, sprice@hospiceaustin.org, for 1-hour certification credit for attending the Advanced Care Planning seminar.

Recordings & Handouts

All presentations will be recorded and posted here after each session along with any content to be distributed during each session.

Session 1: Estate Planning

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