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Sponsoring a workshop will affirm your commitment to the importance of end of life planning. You can offer workshops as a benefit for your constituents, or offer a workshop as a service to the community.

It’s easy to do. We provide a trained facilitator, and a complete multimedia learning experience with ancillary materials for attendees. You simply provide a facility (with multimedia capabilities) that will hold at least 20 people. Simply fill out the form below and someone from Letting Go With Dignity will get back to you.

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    close-up of advance directives spokesman

    …and why doesn't anyone want to
    talk about him?

    They call me the Grim Reaper, but I’m just a natural part of life.
    However, if you don’t plan for me, I can get pretty grim.
    I’m here to help you plan for my arrival.

    So take a look around. I’ll catch up with you later!


    advance directives spokesman with hand over his mouth

    Most Americans are not comfortable
    talking about death.

    The vast majority of us would prefer to die at home naturally,
    in peace and dignity.
    In reality, most Americans die in dehumanizing hospitals.
    It doesn’t have to be that way.

    If you want to let go with dignity, you need to start by having
    a conversation with the ones you love.
    Then you need to have the legal tools in place to make sure
    your choices are honored.


    A written record of your healthcare intentions becomes critical
    to ensure that your wishes are followed when you are approaching
    the end of life and if you are unable to speak for yourself.

    Advance Directives include two key elements:


    appoints someone to serve as your Agent to act on your behalf if you
    are unable to speak for yourself due to illness or incapacitation.


    (a declaration as to medical or surgical treatment)
    gives specific instructions about the kinds of treatment and care you
    would or would not want at the end of life if you are unable to
    speak for yourself.

    You’ll need to consider some very important and difficult decisions.
    You’ll need to have difficult conversations with your loved ones.
    And you’ll need to make sure your Advance Directives are accessible
    to those who need them.

    That’s why we created a workshop to help you through the process.


    Our Advance Directive workshop
    is an interactive learning experience.

    Upon completing the Letting Go With Dignity workshop,
    you will have everything you need to complete your Advance Directives.

    Letting Go With Dignity workshops are available throughout
    Colorado at a nominal cost to participants.

    Click here to find a workshop near you.

    Click here if you would like to


    Letting Go With Dignity is a CO nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
    dedicated to providing educational programs
    that empower individuals to make informed
    end-of-life decisions.

    Since the first step in the process of end-of-life planning is to
    complete Advance Directives,
    the current centerpiece of Letting Go With Dignity
    is a facilitator-led, interactive, story-driven workshop.
    This compelling learning experience weaves information with
    poignant storytelling and humor to inspire, motivate
    and provide participants the tools and support needed to
    complete their Advance Directives.
    Click here to find a workshop in your area.

    In order to make this critical information available to
    as many individuals as possible,
    we are reaching out to a broad range of organizations throughout
    Colorado to explore how we might collaborate to disseminate,
    build upon and adapt the educational resources
    that we have developed
    to reach diverse communities.
    Click here to learn how your organization can get involved.



    Lynn Weitzel, President

    Lynn Weitzel, BSN, is the lead facilitator and trainer for the Letting Go With Dignity Workshops. A graduate of Duke University and Regis University School of Nursing, she is a retired hospice RN case manager and was Director of Nursing at a hospice in Lakewood, CO. Since retirement, she has volunteered with hospice and currently is an end-of-life consultant for terminally ill clients in the Denver/Boulder area. Having also worked as a teacher, secretary and editor, Lynn brings a variety of experience to LGWD. Mother of 3 sons and grandmother of 8, she’s an avid flower and vegetable gardener, seamstress, and reader.

    Richard Tano Loeffler MD, Vice President

    Richard is a physician consulting patients on expectations and decisions at the end-of-life. He collaborates with Anne Borguignon-Weeks, ANP for the Quality Aging Project, and end-of-life consultancy. A graduate from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He practiced in Aurora, Colorado from 1976 until his retirement from Emergency Medicine in 2006.

    Over the past two years, he actively participated in the writing and production of Letting Go with Dignity videos, which are designed to bring to the attention of the public the issue of medical care at the end-of-life. It is his hope that by joining Letting Go With Dignity, he will empower individuals through advanced directives, designation of heath care surrogates and conversation with loved ones and their medical care providers.

    Nancy Hemmenway Bale

    Nancy spent 36 years as an employee of the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. She was a secretary, project assistant, and budget analyst. She is a graduate of Regis University summa cum laude with a BA in communications. Nancy is a member of First Universalist Church and several lineage societies. She served as secretary/treasurer for Compassion & Choices of Colorado board.

    John Rockwell Lobitz MD

    Dr. John Lobitz is a retired gastroenterologist who has had a career long interest in End-of- Life healthcare choices and the importance of documenting them and discussing them with one’s family and healthcare providers. In his retirement he is continuing the legacy of his mother, Dr. Caroline R. Lobitz, who was one of the founders of Oregon Health Decisions. He has given presentations to groups in Denver about Advance Directives and having “The Conversation” about one’s wishes. He is a former board member of Life Quality Institute that promoted education of healthcare providers and the public about Palliative Care. John is excited to be a new board member of Letting Go With Dignity.

    Tom Dudzinski, Project Director

    For more than 30 years, Tom Dudzinski has been developing educational media projects for broadcast and non-broadcast clients. He specializes in working with education, health care and non-profit organizations to tell stories that make a difference.

    As founder and president of Renaissance Media, Tom has produced many PBS and cable documentaries and television series that have been distributed locally, nationally and worldwide. Some of his non-broadcast clients have included Kaiser Permanente, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, City of Hope Cancer Center, Temple University, the State of Colorado, and the Rolf Institute for Structural Integration.

    Previously Tom served as Executive Producer for Learning Services at KRMA-TV (currently Rocky Mountain PBS) and as a producer-director at WDCN-TV, Nashville’s PBS station. Tom’s work has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including Emmy Awards, New York International Film Festival, Telly, CINE Golden Eagle, among others.

    Laurie Brock, Advisor

    Laurie Brock has been involved in the information and publishing industries for over forty years. She has extensive experience in marketing, research and the development of both print and electronic publications, including a reference series on issues relevant to older adults. Her specific expertise is in understanding how people acquire and use information. She serves in an advisory role with Letting Go with Dignity incorporating those skills of inquiry to help guide and support the organization.


    The following are documents that can help you through your end-of-life planning process. In addition to the Colorado Advance Directives form, you will find additional forms that can assist in your advance care planning process and you may choose to supplement your Advance Directives. You can download these forms to your desktop or laptop computer and fill them out with Adobe Reader. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can get it as a free download here.


    Once one gets past the initial inclination to avoid the topic, the end of life is a subject of fascinating and important stories, ideas and explorations. We’ve collected a few videos, audios and articles that we find particularly interesting. If you’re aware of a story you’d like to share, let us know.