Unity Family Home Care and Hospice to host Living with Grief program

“Living With Grief: End-of-Life Ethics,” a free, live teleconference will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Room of St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls. The program is locally sponsored by Unity Family Home Care and Hospice, a service of St. Gabriel’s Hospital, and nationally by the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA).

This year HFA’s 19th annual National Bereavement Program focuses on “End-of-Life Ethics.” The program will examine, using a case-study approach, the ethical issues and dilemmas that emerge at the end of life, the principles of ethical decision-making, and the effects of such decisions on staff and families. This year’s event is moderated by Lynn Sherr, a former correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20 program.

Sherr will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Timothy R. Aresenault, MA; Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW; Eileen R. Chichin, PhD, RN; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Bruce Jennings, MA; and Neal E. Slatkin, MD, DABPMM.

In addition to the teleconference, a local discussion program will be held immediately following the teleconference. Members of the local panel include Bea Britz, board-certified chaplain; Jenny Marks, LSW, St. Otto’s Care center; and Laura Scherer, RN, BSN, CHPN, director of Unity Family Home Care and Hospice.

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For nearly two decades, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals – doctors, nurses, funeral directors, clergy, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors – to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits. The Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization, which acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

All family members, health care professionals and other caregivers, as well as news media, are welcome and encouraged to attend the teleconference. Unity Family Home Care and Hospice will provide certificates of attendance at no cost to those in attendance. Registration will be from noon – 12:20 p.m. on the day of the teleconference. Space is limited. To reserve a space, call (320) 631-5575.

For more information, contact Krista Koshiol, MSW, LICSW, at Unity Family Home Care and Hospice, (320) 631-5575.