PO Box 1216, Crestone, CO 81131 informedfinalchoices@gmail.com

Governor Hickenlooper signs Colorado’s ‘Medical-Aid-In Dying’ Bill

An update on the End of Life Options Act in Colorado (Proposition 106): December 16, 2016.

Colorado has become the sixth state to allow terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live and suffering unbearable the option to request, obtain and if they so choose, self-administer a prescription medicine to bring about a peaceful death. Compassion and Choices, the nationally based organization that works to implement this option in select states, is launching the Colorado Access Campaign to ensure that dying people who are suffering have access to the law. To learn more, please click here.

CEOLP Volunteer Training Day February 4, 2017

Join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM for a general review of the CEOLP Cremation Implementation Manual, followed by area-specific training.

Email ceolp.info@gmail.com or call 719.588.7415 for information.

CEOLP-IFC Public Meeting

The monthly Crestone End of Life Project / Informed Final Choices public meeting is held the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the Little Shepard Church Fellowship Hall on Alder Street in Crestone, Colorado. The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Call 709.588.7415 for information and directions.

Informed Final Choices 2015 Accomplishments

Informed Final Choices 2015 highlights:

  • Completed all goals outlined in The Metabolic Studio/Annenberg Foundation 2014 Grant and submitted Final Report
  • Received Saguache County Sales Tax Grant ($1500) to provide materials, information, events and workshops to residents of greater Saguache County
  • Sponsored two (2) Death Café’s, attended by more than 55 people
  • Held two (2) Registration Parties, attended by more than 75 people
  • Sponsored the premiere screening of Adam Sekular’s documentary “Open Air”
  • Featured in High Country News photo essay by Taylor McIntosh
  • Featured in The New Yorker magazine (November 30,2015)
  • Presented at the DEATH OK Conference, Portland, Oregon (October 2015)
  • Published full page information sheet in the Crestone Eagle identifying the services offered by Crestone End of Life Project and Informed Final Choices
  • Hosted Caitlin Doughty, founder of Undertaking LA, Mortician and author ; Middle School students from Evergreen Montessori; visitors from Australia doing a study on community response to death and disposition
  • Provided information and materials on Advance Directives and End of Life Choices to a Saguache women’s group
  • Responded to more than 100 queries from throughout the US regarding end of life issues
  • Currently assisting three groups to establish legal alternative disposition sites in Arizona, Maine and Arkansas

CEOLP 2015 Accomplishments

2015 was a big year for the Crestone End of Life Project (CEOLP) and for its sister organization, Informed Final Choices (IFC). Here is a list of key accomplishments for CEOLP, none of which could have been accomplished without the heart, compassion and hard work of our volunteers. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to furthering our mission of service to the Crestone community.

Crestone End of Life Project 2015 highlights:

  • Celebrated ten (10) open-air cremations
  • Completed Memorial Altar
  • Received Saguache County Sales Tax Grant ($3,000) to further providing service to the greater Saguache County area and for site improvements, including completion of ‘finials’ project
  • Developed and implemented design for Green Burial ‘Lowering Cloth’
  • Developed and implemented new methods for Care of the Body cooling procedures
  • Provided training sessions for CEOLP volunteers in the following areas:
    – Care of the Body (3 trainings)
    – CEOLP Volunteer training using the CEOLP Implementation Manual
    – Copper Memorial Plaque Workshop:  Learning about materials and their use in crafting memorial plaques
  • Two volunteer workdays at the site for stacking wood, weeding, cleaning