Health Care Reform – An Accurate Perspective on End-of-Life Care

Given all of the mis-information and escalated rhetoric about health care reform, especially as it relates to end-of-life healthcare issues, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has provided us with an accurate and timely web-site link to stay abreast of this important issue currently being debated in Washington, DC and across the country.

For We Love Our Valley Home!

For anyone in the wonderful Rio Grande Valley area, I thought you might be interested in this upcoming Journeys book talk on October 13th as hosted by Valley Baptist hospital.  The Valley means the world to me in that my beloved grandmother, Miriam Chatelle, was one of the first-hired public school teachers in Los Fresnos, Texas, and also wrote the book, For We Love Our Valley Home.  My father, James Chatelle, grew up there.

Come join us . . .  Melody

Valley Baptist E-News
Nationally-known Author to Speak in Valley Oct. 13 on End-of-Life CommunicationHarlingen— A nationally-known author, Melody Chatelle of Austin, will be in the Valley to speak on how to support a loved one during a serious illness on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Valley Baptist Medical Center, 2101 Pease Street in Harlingen.

The presentation is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Woodward Conference Center on the first floor of the hospital. Ms. Chatelle will discuss issues addressed in her book, Journeys of Heartache and Grace: Conversations and Life Lessons from Young People with Serious Illnesses.

“This will be a positive and practical look at a challenging journey we all will eventually have to face with our loved ones and ourselves – the end of our lives,” said Chaplain Joe Perez, Vice President for Pastoral Services at Valley Baptist. “Melody examines the personal journeys of seriously-ill young people and addresses how they want to be treated. This will benefit anyone who wants to know how they can comfort and help a loved one through a serious illness.”

Dr. Chatelle holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. A long-time hospice volunteer, she owns a communication and advocacy consulting firm in Austin. Her book was recently named a 2009 Indie Excellence Finalist in Non-Fiction and a 2009 Delta Kappa Gamma International Society Book of Interest.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Enrica Kirksey-Rincones of the Valley Baptist Pastoral Services Dept. at (956) 389-6750 or by e-mail at

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