Your Options, Your Autonomy at End of Life

PUTNEY, Vt. – On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 at 5:30-7 p.m. Putney Community Cares Inc., Patient Choices Vermont, and Brattleboro Area Hospice will co-sponsor “Your Options, Your Autonomy, at End of Life.” The event will take place at the Putney Meadows Common Room, 17 Carol Brown Way, Putney, Vt. This event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

Dr. Diana Barnard, M.D., Betsy Walkerman, Esq., and Susan Gillotti will lead a community discussion about Medical Aid in Dying, Vermont’s Act 39 law. The law enables eligible adults in their last six months of life to obtain a prescription to allow them to choose their time of death. Attendees are invited to engage in a life-affirming and empowering discussion – ask questions, find answers, share stories.

Dr. Diana Barnard, M.D., is a palliative care physician at UVM Medical Center and on the Board of Patient Choices Vermont; Betsy Walkerman is president of PCV; Susan Gillotti is an Advisory Board member with PCV whose husband used Medical Aid in Dying (Act 39). Information on medical aid in dying and Vermont’s Act 39 are available at

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Putney Community Cares is dedicated to building and maintaining a vital, healthy Putney community by strengthening family and community bonds. They foster well-being and independence of all members of their community from newborns to seniors. For more information, call 802-387-5593 or go to

Brattleboro Area Hospice is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides non-medical support to dying and grieving community members and volunteer-staffed assistance with Advance Care Planning. BAH is 100% locally funded, provides services free of charge, and is located at 191 Canal St. in Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-257-0775 or go to

Patient Choices Vermont, founded in 2002, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to end of life choice. PCV seeks to educate Vermonters about end-of-life options. For more information on the event, please contact Abby Jacobson, program coordinator, Putney Community Cares Inc. by calling 802-387-5593 or email

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