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May, 2016

From The Executive Director

Happy Spring Holidays!


Lynn Mackenzie - Light the Legacy

Happy May Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day; three distinctive yet important days with great symbolic meaning in our lives. May Day symbolizes the beginning of all things new; Mother’s Day celebrates from which we have come, and Memorial Day recognizes those who have paved the way for us.

In all things new, Light the Legacy recently received our 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS and launched the inaugural “Almost Murder Mystery”. We are celebrating  our 16th Advanced Care Facilitator Training graduating class and the countless speaking engagements that we have had in the first half of the year.  Finally, we recognize the outstanding efforts of those who selflessly serve and the communities to which we serve, and to Sarah Schmidt, Mrs. Benton County who chose Light the Legacy as her partner in her quest for Mrs. Minnesota International. 

As we leave the legacy of Spring 2016  behind us and travel into the light of the bright sun and warm summer air,  we don’t expect our momentum to slow down anytime soon!  Read on to learn more about how you can participate , learn, and experience Light the Legacy.  Blessings to You!

Lynn MacKenzie
Executive Director

Register For Our June Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training!

Registration Deadline is June 3rd!

Register now for our next Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training Course and secure your seat today! Our ACP Facilitator Training courses are taught by Respecting Choices® certified instructors and will equip you to serve in critical ways. If you have been considering this course in the past, we urge you to act now and register. The training will be held on Tuesday, June 30th. Nurses and social workers also receive CEU credits for attendance!

What can you accomplish as a trained ACP Planning Facilitator?
  • Meet with individuals and families to explain various end-of-life treatment options and interpret often-intimidating medical terms.
  • Guide the conversation to important topics that may be difficult to discuss.
  • Provide emotional support, making sure the experience is comfortable and positive for everyone involved.
  • Play an important role in preparing the individual’s chosen healthcare agent.
  • Provide information and resources, as needed.
  • Assist in the completion of a health care directive, the document that outlines the health care values and desires for treatment expressed during the conversation.
  • Impact the larger community by providing formal or informal education opportunities or coordinating advance care planning activities.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of systems that support advance care planning and provide performance reviews to improve the quality of systems currently in use.

Congratulations to Sarah Schmidt
Mrs. Minnesota International
First Runner Up

And A Special Thank You For Partnering With Light the Legacy!

Sarah Schmidt, Mrs. Benton County, received First Runner Up in the Mrs. Minnesota International in May 2016. Schmidt is employed and was sponsored by Foley Funeral Home. The wife of Joel Schmidt and mother of two sons, the Schmidts reside in Sauk Rapids. Her platform focused on finding hope and healing after loss.  

Along with First Runner Up, Schmidt received the Media Award, Pitch Book Award and tied for the Director's Award. Sarah says, "The Director's Award is especially honoring because it is judged on how many appearances you have made to promote your platform." Since beginning her reign last summer, she has made 15 appearances and will continue to be available for presentations on grief. Sarah may be contacted through Foley Funeral Home. Sarah partnered with Light the Legacy as a non-profit with similar core values to her platform.
The MRS.MINNESOTA INTERNATIONAL Pageant is dedicated to recognizing the virtues of family, professional and community involvement among married women. 

It's Official!

Light the Legacy Is Proud To Announce
Our Official Nonprofit Status!

Being "501(c)(3)" means that a particular nonprofit organization has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization. This accomplishment would not be possible without the unwavering support of our sponsors, CentraCare Foundation, Medica Foundation, The Morgan Family Foundations and countless individual donors and volunteers.

“The Best is Yet to Come”

Oh What A Night!

Thank you to GREAT Theater for partnering with us for the inaugural Light the Legacy's “Almost Murder Mystery”!

Thank you to Dennis Whipple, Executive Director and the immensely talented actors and actresses for lending their time and talent to make a dream into a reality and to the Meyer family for opening up their hearts and beautiful home. It truly was a magical evening for all in attendance.

Two "Don't Miss" Conferences Coming Up!


Honoring Choices Sharing the Experience Conference

Thursday July 21, 8AM - 4:30PM
Ramada Plaza Conference Center, Minneapolis, MN

Honoring Choices Minnesota, an initiative of the Twin Cities Medical Society, is hosting its 7th annual Sharing the Experience Conference on Thursday July 21 in Minneapolis.  The conference brings together champions of Advance Care Planning from around the state, offering learning and networking opportunities to healthcare professionals and community members interested in promoting ACP to all Minnesotans.  This year, the Honoring Choices Sharing the Experience Conference features our own Deb Laxson who will speak about her own personal experiences. The conference topics include:

The Overlooked Role of Agent
ACP and Dementia
Rules and Regulations: Meeting the Standards
ACP With LGBT Clients
POLST Changes and Updates

For More Information Or To Register Click Here

Inaugural National Share the Experience Conference

September 7-10, 2016
Milwaukee Wi

On September 7-10, 2016 Respecting Choices will host its first National Share the Experience in Milwaukee, WI. We invite anyone who is interested in learning how quality advance care planning can help improve the care of patients and those they call their family to attend. This year, the National Sharing the Experience Conference covers objectives including:

Define ACP redesigned systems that promote improved person-centered care.
Identify two strategies to overcome the challenges in creating ACP systems.
Describe current research to assist with the redesign of ACP systems.

For More Information Or To Register Click Here

See all our important upcoming events on
our website

June 30, 2016
ACP Facilitator Training 

Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator Training

October 5th, 2016
ACP Facilitator Training

Respecting Choices ACP Facilitator Training


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Light the Legacy

Thank You To Our Sponsors
Our Mission Partners


Excellent resources are available on our 
Resource Page

Check It Our
Resources for families and facilitators

If you haven't been on our resource page, we invite you to check it out. There are some phenomenal resources available. Also on the resources page are direct links to both the short and long health care directive forms.
Light The Legacy is a community-based 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to improving end of life care in Central Minnesota. Our organization hopes to inspire ongoing advance care planning conversations among family members and friends, between patients and health care providers, and in the community at large. Our goal is to encourage the people of central Minnesota to make informed healthcare decisions and to implement programs that facilitate patient- and family-centered end of life care.

Light The Legacy works in collaboration with Honoring Choices Minnesota.
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