Thursday, December 5, 2013
Join Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, professor of gerontology at The College of New Rochelle, and Sherry Schachter, PhD, FT, director of Bereavement Services for Calvary Hospital/Hospice in New York, on December 17, 2013, at 12pm EST.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
How has HFA been celebrating? By continuing to develop great educational programs for end-of-life care professionals, patients and families.
HFA-produced, Hospice: Something More is currently airing on the RLTV. Funded by a grant from the John and Wauna Harman Foundation, Hospice: Something More explains why “hospice care” and “living well” are NOT mutually exclusive, and the statement, “There’s nothing more we can do for you,” is just, plain wrong. Listen to an interview with host Frank Sesno about the program.
This fall we've turned our focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities and end-of-life care. Last month we hosted our New Perspectives program, Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss. You can catch the archive of the webcast until October 23, 2014. Read an interview with Nancy Webster, Board President of The Arc of the United States relating to that program and also listen to an interview with Lara Palay, LISW-S, Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change, part of our Professionally Speaking series.
Last week we hosted a webinar - Supporting Grieving Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: What Works? - that you can still watch on archive.
Coming up we'll be keeping busy. HFA is working on our December 17 webinar - Helping Families Cope with Conflict at the End of Life. We have also opened up registration for our spring Living with Grief® program on April 10, 2014, a LIVE streaming webcast - Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.
We salute the many professionals and volunteers that work to provide quality hospice care each and every day to families facing life-limiting illness, grief and loss. Thank you for all that you do.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
HFA's popular resource for only $9.95 per copy!
I've served as Editor of HFA's Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement, since 1994, and I am proud to tell you about HFA's popular publication, Journeys With Grief: A Collection of Articles about Love, Life, and Loss. HFA is deeply committed to supporting people who are grieving. Journeys with Grief allows us to place, in one book, some of the most helpful articles that speak to those who are facing loss and seeking to understand the many feelings they may be experiencing. The articles offer validation, consolation, tips, and words of encouragement.
Renowned experts such as Dr. Charles Corr, Dr. Sherry Schachter, and Judy Tatelbaum, as well as leaders in self-help such as Patricia Loder of The Compassionate Friends, offer their professional and personal perspectives. The articles touch on many of the most common concerns expressed by grievers and answer real-life questions that have been submitted over the years.
Like grief there is no right or wrong way to journey through this book, but I know it will be a valuable tool in the important work you do every day to support those who are grieving.
-Dr. Kenneth J. Doka
- Beginning the Journey
- Journeys with Feelings
- Personal Journeys
- Journeys Through the Holidays
- Challenges on the Journey
- Help for the Journey
- Moving Forward on the Journey
Words from Our Readers
Love the monthly paper Journeys - very close to the heart happenings.
The newsletters helped me to deal with first holidays without Mom and reminded me that what I was experiencing was to be expected.
Journeys has been very helpful for our Hospice families and staff. We are grateful to have access to the important and useful information you provide.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Lara Palay, is Senior Fellow at the Center for Systems Change. Ms. Palay is an independently licensed social worker and clinical supervisor and teaches clinical social work at the College of Social Work at the Ohio State University. Ms. Palay served as the first project manager for the Mental Illness/ Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Center of Excellence for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Also see HFA's Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss program. The ethical, medical management and psychosocial issues for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities facing death, grief and loss can be complex. This two-hour educational event focuses on the critical challenges of providing and accessing optimal end-of-life care and bereavement support for this population.
Monday, November 11, 2013
"About 25% of all Americans who are dying are veterans - the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces," states Lisa McGahey Veglahn, HFA Senior Program Officer. "Yet only 4% of dying veterans die within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare Network. This means that 96% of these veterans are cared for by hospice and healthcare professionals in communities all across the U.S.”
In addition to the program, additional resources and Fact Sheets can be downloaded for sharing with staff, students, and community members at no charge. Free Continuing Education credits are available for a wide range of professionals.
Hospice and end-of-life care professionals will also benefit from viewing HFA's “Reaching Out to Underserved Populations” video. Here, we show a hospice in San Antonio that has a program tailored to the needs of veterans.
These projects are provided through the support of a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to support hospice and end-of-life care outreach and education.
In addition, HFA's recent program, Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death, provides viewers with a wide range of perspectives, including professional caregivers, veterans, and a hospice volunteer who is a Vietnam vet. Preview a glimpse of some of the many compelling interviews that are included in the program here.
This program is now available for organizations, and as a Self-Study on DVD and Online. Registration for this program is available online.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
HFA's 21st Annual Living With Grief® Program: Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss
This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes. Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic - deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospice clinicians and staff, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.
Learn more about the program.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
"Whether it's the 44-year-old mom with Stage-IV lung cancer who goes to her son's football practice, or the retired professor who chooses to let nature rather than his automatic defibrillator determine when he will die, the stories of real hospice patients and their families will inspire viewers to think about the options available to those with life-limiting illness and the people who love them," said Hospice Foundation of America President and CEO Amy S. Tucci.
The program is hosted by former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno, a frequent host of HFAs professional education programming. He is joined in-studio by Samira Beckwith, CEO of Hope HealthCare Services, a nonprofit hospice provider serving southwest Florida; Terry Melvin, MD, medical director of Hospice of Chattanooga; Gary Fink, vice president of spiritual care and volunteer services at Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland, and Kenneth J. Doka, professor at the graduate school of the College of New Rochelle in New York, a recognized expert in grief and loss. Each brings to the conversation years of professional experience dealing with hospice patients and their families.
Find RLTV programming
"Hospice: Something More"premieres in November during National Hospice Month and National Caregiver Month with showings throughout December and early January. It airs commercial-free. "Hospice: Something More" was produced for RLTV by Executive Producer Amy S. Tucci, Executive Producer John Mernit, and Senior Producer Spencer Levine.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) will present a live, online webinar focusing on Supporting Grieving Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: What Works? on Tuesday, November 19 from noon-1:30pm ET.
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD and Karla Helbert, LPC, will consider the needs of bereaved individuals on the autism spectrum and explore the ways that these individuals may experience grief. A major component of the webinar will focus on interventive strategies designed for supporting individuals on the autism spectrum who are experiencing grief and loss.
Full program details, including learning objectives, program outline and panelist bios, may be located in HFA's Program Information Sheet.
"Nearly 10 million children in the United States aged six to seventeen years were reported by their parents in 2012 as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This number represents a nearly 42% increase from rates of parent-reported ASD in 2007," states Ms. Helbert, author of Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum. "Grief professionals need the tools to cultivate knowledge and to feel comfortable and competent to help this growing population and their families when they are in need."
Registration is $84.95 for an organization or $24.95 for individuals.
- FREE CEs are included for a wide range of professionals.
- Registration includes access to the program online for one year after the original air date.
- Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions during the live program.
Register online here.
Register by mail or fax here
To learn more about this exciting webinar and other upcoming programs on Managing Family Conflict, contact HFA at 800-854-3402 or visit https://register.hospicefoundation.org
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The Windows Media Player software, downloadable free from http://www.microsoft.com and at least a 56Kbps connection to the Internet.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Supporting Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Through Life-Ending Illness, Grief and Loss Airs LIVE on Thursday, October 24
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
- LIVE Webcast on October 24, 2013 from 2-4pm ET
- An archived version available for up to a year afterwards
- For organizations that register, a DVD of the program is also included in the low fee and will be mailed about a month after the live event
- Helpful download materials online
- Continuing education (2 hours) for your audience is FREE for two weeks following the October 24 event
Register online now or register by mail/fax.
Organizations: $235 | Individuals: $25
CE credits are FREE for two weeks following the live program. After November 7, CE credits (2 hours) are only $10/participant.
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Monday, October 14, 2013
- "Rituals: How we cope with death-and life" by Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv
- "Expressions of grief and loss" by Bill Gaventa, MDiv
- "Helping family and friends" by Karla Helbert, LPC
- "Myths about grief" by Lara Palay, MSW, LISW-S