FOX 17 to Launch Special Series: Have You Had The Talk?

Posted at 8:56 PM, Feb 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-06 15:52:45-05

WEST MICHIGAN – This month FOX 17 News begins a special series on something that has the potential of impacting every person in West Michigan.

For the past six months, FOX 17 collaborated with staff of community organizations – Merpi Media, Hospice of Michigan, Aquinas College, Catholic Information Center – to discuss ways to best produce a television series that will help inspire and teach families how to have ‘The Talk,’ a conversation about planning end-of-life decisions.  The subject is crucial because often times the conversation is not had in time.

Throughout the month of February, we will introduce you to three West Michigan families as our cameras take you inside their lives to document their process and experience of having ‘The Talk’ with their loved ones.  Each week, viewers will become even more equipped with the knowledge and confidence to begin the process on their own.

The stories will air each Thursday at 10 p.m. and culminate with a 30-minute town hall meeting hosted by FOX 17 news anchor Michele DeSelms. She and a studio audience will question a panel of community experts and religious leaders.

Throughout the month of February, join us on a journey through a difficult, emotional, yet important subject that everyone should see.

The series is executive produced by Andrew Gillfillan, FOX 17 assistant news director, and Rick Merpi of Merpi Media.  It is being produced by Eric Florence, FOX 17 photographer, and Deanna Falzone, FOX 17 reporter.

If your family has gone through the process of the ‘The Talk’ first hand, we would like to hear from you.