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Thankful for end-of-life and emergency medical planning information

Thanks to two wonderful local resources, my wife and I have received valuable information about end-of-life planning and dealing with medical emergencies. On Wednesday night, we attended a seminar on “end of life concerns” given by Sara Chaca and her husband ( at Sunrise Caf√©. The information provided about Ecuadorian wills and inheritance laws and the Declaraci√≥n Juramentada, a document in which you can specify how your body is to be treated after death, was very helpful. (And the free meatloaf dinner was a nice extra.) I applaud Sara and her husband for providing these seminars and would not hesitate to use Sara for legal assistance.

Miriam Drake is another excellent local resource for issues surrounding the end-of-life (yours or a loved one) planning and/or handling medical emergencies. While she doesn’t provide a free meal and does charge a fee (last I saw it was $25), her seminars are full of information based on her personal experiences and subsequent research and are a complement to legal information. She provides a fact-filled booklet (mine was over 100 pages) complete with to-do lists, worksheets and lists of resources in Cuenca. I attended her first seminar in 2016 and she has continued to provide updates to the material by email. She covers medical emergencies, assisted living, palliative and hospice care and end of life matters (including where and how to obtain cremation). She can be reached at

Lee Shrader:

City: Cuenca