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IMPORTANT NOTICE

HALO has brought together a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals, who have vast experience in dealing with end-of- life issues, to produce a 16-page resource—a guide for medical decision-making as well as crucial information about the areas in which the culture of death has infiltrated our health care system. In order to get this valuable publication to press and into your hands, HALO must raise $7,000. We need your help! Please make a generous donation to assist in this vitally important project.
As a project supporter, you will receive this publication hot off the press. Therefore, be certain to include a mailing address with your contribution.
All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Checks may be mailed to HALO, PO Box 324, Chisago City, MN 55013-0324. Credit card donations may be made securely at https://www.halorganization.com/donate/.
Thank you!


What people are saying about HALO:

"I just want you to know that things have worked out well. Thank you for your advice, you certainly know how to handle these situations."
Welcome to this edition of the HALO Monthly. This e-newsletter provides opportunities for HALO to share information about current healthcare issues, events, contributions from members, answers to prayer, and other relevant information. Please share your ideas and suggestions with us.
 

WHAT COLOR ARE YOU?



WHAT COLOR ARE YOU?

My husband is a retired law enforcement officer whose observation skills are amazing, constant, and so protective. When we fly home from our mission trips in Africa or Central Asia, we schedule an R & R for a couple days in a European city as a halfway point. It helps our minds and bodies recuperate from time zone changes and long hours of sitting on a plane, and process what we just experienced after being on the go for several weeks.
Multiple times as we are among many people walking down a city street, my husband will say, “Let’s stop at this store.” (He does not enjoy shopping). I don’t question him, but trust his judgment, training and experience as we step inside off the walkway. He watches for a short time, then explains that someone or some people have been closely following us, say, for three blocks, and now they have walked on by. As for me, I’m enjoying the sights, not as observant as I should be, but so grateful for his protection.
Situational awareness can protect you and others from danger and even save lives. Being attentive is important in most facets of our daily lives, and being alert is particularly important in hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings.
There is a color code for situational awareness which can help you prepare yourself mentally. It is called “Cooper’s Color Code.” Here are shortened versions of the definitions and situations that correspond to each of the four simple colors used in this code.
Condition White: You are “unaware and unprepared.” You ignore warning signs. (This describes me in the experiences above.)
Condition Yellow: You are aware of what is happening around you, including sensing danger. It is “relaxed and calm alertness.” You have confidence that you know how to take care of yourself and others. (This should be all of us.)
Condition Orange: You have identified a specific threat. You sense and know something is not right. (This would be my husband targeting possible pick-pocketers or worse.)
Condition Red: A potential threat reveals itself as an imminent threat of grave bodily harm or death. Because you are not caught off guard, you have a much better chance of defending yourself.
Don’t get caught off guard. Pay attention to the signs that your life or the life of a loved one may be in danger. Information available on the HALO website will help you be on guard and recognize when there is an imminent threat to you or a loved one in a healthcare situation. It may be a matter of life and death, so don’t wait. Prepare now.
Below are some of the helpful Resources you will find when you visit www.halorganization.com.
PATIENT ADVOCACY VIDEO: As a relative, friend, or volunteer, have you ever been called upon to support/advocate for a person in a healthcare setting? Or are you currently in such a situation? While it is certainly a blessing to be of service, many questions may arise, such as:
  • What is the most important skill needed for patient advocacy?
  • How can I be of assistance to a loved one or another patient who is seriously ill and/or their family?
  • Who can I call on for help if it’s needed?
These are some of the topics covered in HALO'S YouTube presentation on Patient Advocacy. Please take time to view this valuable resource and keep it handy as an essential guide.
DRUGS COMMONLY USED IN HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CAREThis fact sheet is designed to help patients and families discuss with their health care providers the drugs used to treat pain and other symptoms. It lists many of the drugs most commonly used in hospice and palliative care, and their side effects; provides information about various pain management methods; and warns of the dangers of certain combinations of drugs, and the ways in which powerful drugs may be inappropriately used.
QUESTIONS TO ASK A HOSPICE BEFORE ADMISSIONThis is a list of questions to ask when interviewing a hospice agency before entrusting yourself or a loved one to its care. All hospices are not the same. Knowing a hospice agency’s philosophy and the services it provides is vitally important.
LIFE-AFFIRMING PRINCIPLES FOR MEDICAL DECISION-MAKINGThis is an easy to use tool which will assist you to formulate and discuss your values and wishes with health care providers and your agent (the person you legally authorize to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so for yourself).
ARE ORGAN DONORS TRULY DEAD BEFORE THEIR ORGANS ARE TAKEN?: This straight-talking fact sheet explores
  • why “brain death” is a controversial diagnosis,
  • what organ donation after “circulatory death” means and how it is done,
  • how changes to the Anatomical Gift Act might adversely affect you or a loved one, and
  • what you need to know before you consider signing up to be an organ donor.
If you have questions or comments, please email feedback@halorganization.com.

SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH


Instead of a Case in Point during Suicide Prevention Month, HALO is shining the light on one of the leading causes of death in our nation. An article published by BREAKPOINT, September 12, 2019, “A Light in the Darkness: How We Can All Help Prevent Suicides,” by Jeremiah Johnston, is an excellent resource. Here are a few quotes from Mr. Johnston’s article:
More US citizens kill themselves than kill one another each year, stark evidence proving we are all far more dangerous to ourselves than we are to other people. Until you have been brought to the brink, you may not understand the intensity of another’s struggle that might trigger an attempt.”
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 10 to 19-year-olds. Nationally, we lose more than 2,000 children and teens per year. To put that into context, we have another 9/11 body-count every eighteen months among our children. It is legitimate to ask your child directly, “Have you ever considered ending your life?” Speaking to a young person about suicide increases the chance they will talk to us and get the help they need.”
Save The Suicide Prevention Lifeline in your phone contacts: 1-800-273-8255. This is the number for you to call if you know someone who is struggling, and you find you need information about how to help. It’s also the number to call if you are thinking about suicide yourself.”
You are not alone. You have the power to save lives; it might even be your own.” [Emphasis added.]
Read the entire article HERE.

A THANK YOU AND SOME SOLID ADVICE FOR WINNING WITH LOVE AND TRUTH



Dear HALO Board of Directors and Board of Advisors,
I have spent days absorbing the magnitude of the work of HALO and your much-needed mission to defend the medically vulnerable. Without your hard and tireless work funneling pertinent information to the public through HALO’s website, articles, and real cases told by families, people would have a hard time believing that they must be prepared to protect themselves and others in health care settings. 
Your loving and appreciative friend,
Nan Weber
Homes of Life Across America
Nan’s Advice
HALO’s work needs to be one of those morning coffee moments for you—put everything else aside, start with prayer, and then read and study the articles and other information. Go to the website and absorb the information so that you might have power and truth behind your testimonies. Send your personal stories and factual details to HALO. This fight for those at the end of life is our battle today!
Swiftly the darkness envelopes the world, spreading the Culture of Death everwhere like a killer virus. But we need to remember that the “enemy” always seems to forget how the story ends and overplays his hand. Jesus WINS! Jesus, with those who trust in Him willing to “lay down their lives for their neighbor,” will win this war with the Gospel of Life as their banner. The battle is fierce. We must speak out. Let’s not wait until it is too late. We must pray, listen, learn, work and not worry.
God is calling all of us to begin to tell the stories and gather the clear evidence of the murders in the disguise of “mercy” that are rapidly increasing. Through the HALO newsletter, the ammunition of truth must give us the courage to speak what we know and have experienced at the hands of the so-called “Death with Dignity” movement throughout the land and the world.
You do not have to convert the whole world. You have only to do as He tells you. Love and protect one another. HALO’s leaders and volunteers will help you and guide you to the resources you need to do your work. We will know that we are on the right track when we see believers—men, women and children—standing in front of hospitals, hospices and nursing homes like we do when we stand and pray in front of Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills. Exposing the truth about what is happening in many health care settings, particularly in many hospices, will be an uphill battle. The wool has been pulled over our eyes for so long that many are “in-love with” hospice. People fiercely defend it. We must conquer with love and truth.
We at Homes of Life Across America would like to hear your stories as we reach out to people all over the country to help them understand and accept the help that they need to create a Home of Life in their neighborhood. Call 806-268-3035 or 806 361 5098 (or 99) for the office of Homes of Life Across America. Also visit our website at https://homesoflife.net/.
For more information about our mission, see our story featured in HALO’s July 2019 newsletter: https://newsletter.halorganization.com/2019/07/loreto-on-plains-personal-care-home-new.html.


Note to HALO Monthly recipients: Whether or not you are able to make a donation to HALO, you will continue to receive the newsletter. However, there are expenses involved in producing a quality newsletter. Therefore, we suggest an annual donation of $25.00 for HALO membership, which includes our newsletter. Of course, donations in any amount to support the work of HALO will be gratefully accepted. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please send checks only to: HALO, P.O. Box 324, Chisago City, MN 55013. Credit card donations may be securely made on the DONATE page of our website, www.halorganization.com/donate/

HALO MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Healthcare Advocacy and Leadership Organization is to promote, protect, and advocate for the rights of the medically vulnerable through direct patient and family interactions; through community education and awareness programs; and through promotion and development of concrete *"life-affirming healthcare"* alternatives for those facing the grave consequences of healthcare rationing and unethical practices, especially those at risk of euthanasia and assisted suicide.

*"Life-affirming healthcare" is defined as medical care in which the paramount principle is the sanctity of life, which means that the life and safety of each person come first and each person receives medical care across their lifespan based on their need for care and never with an intention to hasten death, regardless of their abilities or perceived "quality of life."

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