Hospice to host Hospice Foundation of America’s 19th Annual Living With Grief Program

LUDINGTON —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 more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families in issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals - including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors - to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

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 delemas that emerge at the end-of-life, the principles of ethical decision-making and the effects of these decisions on staff and families. Moderated by Lynn Sherr, former ABC News' 20/20 correspondent, the program will be shown on Wednesday, April 25 at the Ludington office of Hospice of Michigan from l to 4:30 p.m. The Ludington office is located at 5177 W. US-10, Suite 2 in Ludington.

Ms. Sherr will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Timothy R. Arsenault, MA, Director of Spiritual Care for Suncoast Hospice; Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Social Work; Eileen R. Chichin, PhD, RN, Co-Director of the Greenberg Center on Ethics and Palliative Care at Jewish Home Lifecare and an adjunct assistant professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Long Island University; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology at the Graduate School of the College of New Rochelle, Bruce Jennings, MA, Director of Bioethics at the Center for Humans and Nature, Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Lecturer at the Welll Medical SchooI-Cornell University, and a Senior Consultant at The Hastings Center, and Neal E. Slatkin, MD, DABPM, Vice President of Medical Services and Chief Medical Officer at Hospice of the Valley, San Jose, California and Director of Palliative Care at El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, California.

Local Grief Support Services Manager Virginia Sonefeld encourages professionals and the general public to attend. There is no fee unless CEU's are requested, but registration is required. "These conferences provide us with outstanding and pertinent information for those in the field of end of life care and for those interested in learning more."

Each year this award-winning, program is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, 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.

For more information or to register, call Virginia Senefeld at (231) 845-3423 or email vsonefel@hom.org