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‘Thursdays at the U’ to focus on end-of-life issues

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

What can you do to show some love to your family this Valentine’s Day? In addition to gifts of flowers and chocolate, another fine gift would be a discussion about one of life’s most difficult topics: end of life issues. How can you best assist loved ones through this final journey?

Tracy Schieffer, a registered nurse for more than three decades, will present "Life’s Last Great Journey" from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County's "Thursdays at the U" lecture and performance series. The event will be held in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Although some might think that working in hospice would be a bit depressing, Schieffer finds it exciting. After spending the majority of her career in obstetrics — bringing life into the world — her focus changed. Her passion and drive turned toward hospice — the end of life.

Schieffer has managed an amazing group of staff and volunteers — the home care/hospice team — at Marshfield Medical Center-Rice Lake (formerly Lakeview Medical) for the past six years. Now her passion is in the last journey we all will take some day. Schieffer will discuss how this passage can be made as personal, compassionate and intimate as possible through the services available to terminally ill individuals and their families. 

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.