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A gathering of storytellers at The Bard’s Town on Thursday will offer insight into living wills, grieving and other issues related to health care and the end of life.

For “No Regrets – Stories about the End,” author Vanessa K. Williams-Harvey and others will share thought-provoking and sometimes poignant stories from 7-8 p.m. at 1801 Bardstown Road.

Williams-Harvey will discuss how her family was affected by a relative’s struggle with Alzheimer’s. The free event also will touch on living life to the fullest — or failing to do so — and standing up for someone or something at the end of life, according to a news release.

“We’ll have seven storytellers sharing stories of their own personal experience,” and there will be “some materials that people can take with them to have conversations with other people in their lives and some things to think about,” said Justin Magnuson, of the University of Louisville’s Trager Institute. He’s helping to coordinate the event.

Trager is one of several organizations, including Hosparus Health, Baptist Health, Jewish Hospital and others, that have partnered to encourage the public to commit to starting on care planning and to begin conversations with their relatives and health-care providers about their wishes.

The overall effort, including the storyteller event, is designed to educate the community about the “whole end-of-life spectrum,” Magnuson said. For example, if people “are faced with a loved one who is terminally ill or chronically ill, being able to talk about these things and make better decisions but also … how do you deal with grief in a constructive way?”

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Darla Carter
Darla Carter is a hometown girl who recently joined the staff of Insider Louisville to mostly cover health. She previously served as a longtime health and fitness writer for The Courier-Journal, where she also worked for the Metro, Neighborhoods and Features departments. Prior to that, the award-winning journalist wrote for newspapers elsewhere in Kentucky and Tennessee, covering a range of topics, from education to courts. She's a graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she studied journalism and philosophy, and is the proud mom of two young children.