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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

03/25/2011

Grief teleconference focuses on spirituality, end-of-life care

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Genesys Home & Hospice Care is a co-sponsor of "Living with grief: spirituality and end-of-life care," a grief teleconference that will take place Wednesday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Merliss Brown auditorium on the Hurley Medical Center campus in Flint.
The teleconference will focus on these topics:

differences between spirituality and religion
relationship between spirituality and religion
how spiritual issues and spiritual coping emerge throughout an illness
spirituality during illness
death and the grieving process
spiritual asessment and empowerment
life review
dignity enhancement approaches

The teleconference is open to anyone interested in end-of-life care and grief.

Nurses, social workers, physicians, psychologists, licensed counselors, nursing home administrators, clergy, EMS personnel, employee assistance professionals and funeral directors are encouraged to attend.

Cost is $25 for those who would like to obtain continuing education credits (three). The teleconference is free to all others.

National panelists include:
Kenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, professor of Gerontology at the College of New Rochelle
Gary Fink, DMin, chaplain and dementia project coordinator at Montgomery Hospice
Carolyn Jacobs, PhD, professor at Smith College in the School of Social Work
Betty Kramer, PhD, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Reinette Powers Murray, RN, consultant for the Peaceful Journey-End-of-Life Process program
Martha Rutland, DMin, director of Clinical Pastoral Education at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

To register for the grief teleconference, call 1-800-664-6334.

Hospice Foundation of America presents this annual living with grief teleconference.

Sponsors include: Genesys Home & Hospice Care, Avalon Hospice, Heartland Home Health Care & Hospice, Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Visiting Nurse and Hospice, Brown Funeral Home, Hill Funeral Home and Reigle Funeral Home.

Assistance for hearing impaired is available if requested in advance.

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