Tuesday, March 4, 2014

New Palliative Care Leadership Grants Available

Cambia Health Foundation's Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program is offering two-year, $180,000 grants to up to six scholars each year to support research, clinical, educational, or policy projects.

Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program Advisory Committee
  • Steve Pantilat, MD, FAAHPM, SFHM, Director of UCSF Palliative Care Program, University of California at San Francisco
  • Diane Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
  • Betty Ferrell, PhD, M.A., F.A.A.N., F.P.C.N., Director & Professor, City of Hope
  • Randy Curtis, MD, M.P.H, Director, University of Washington Palliative Care Center of Excellence
  • Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, FAAN, Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
 Application and Eligibility
  • Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2014.
·         All applications must be submitted at www.cambiahealthfoundation.org.
  • The program will support up to six Sojourns Scholars each year.
  • Each Sojourns Scholar will be awarded a two-year grant of $90,000 per year to carry out a clinical, research, educational, policy or advocacy project.
  • Physicians and nurses from across the United States are eligible to apply.
 Learn more at http://www.cambiahealthfoundation.org/sojourn-awards/sojourns-award-program.html

Monday, February 10, 2014

Get THE Resource on Adolescent Grief

The Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss companion book is now available for pre-sale. Books will be shipped one-month prior to the Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss live air date (April 10, 2014). Order today!*

Human beings in their teenage years both inspire and trouble the societies in which they live. Their vitality and promise provide hope and renewal. Teaching, working with, and caring for them are surely among the most fulfilling adult vocations... Intelligent and physically capable, yet impulsive and clumsy; wanting to be accepted and aloof at the same time; needing the haven of familiarity and family yet seeking novelty and independence-teens both challenge social norms and represent the future continuity of those norms. 

- from "Rights of Passage: Ethical Aspects of 
Adolescent End-of-Life Care," by Bruce Jennings,
Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss © HFA 2014


This book focuses on ways to assist adolescents as they encounter loss, grief, and death. Some of the foremost experts in the field share their insights on this critical topic. The chapters examine the variety of losses adolescents encounter and offer ways to support both grieving adolescents and adolescents facing their own life-threatening illness. Throughout this book, voices of adolescents are included in their own words, to best articulate both their perspective on loss and the sources of their support.

Grief, Adolescence, and the Autism Spectrum
The Grieving Adolescent’s Use of the Technology and Social Media
Coping with Parental Death
Adolescent Suicide
Traumatic Loss and Homicide
Perinatal Loss in Adolescence
Support Groups and Camps

The cover illustration is the work of 17-year-old Tatiana Burrell. She created this image and others after the death of her grandmother and the suicide deaths of two friends. Drawing, music, and social media have been her primary source of coping with the death of loved ones.


Site coordinators may take orders for books before, during, and after the broadcast. The discounted price for site coordinators is $20.00 per book (the cover price is $28.95). If ordering books in multiples of 20, the price is further reduced to $16.00 per book.  

*Discounted prices are available for registered program organizers.  To order at the discounted prices, please use the Discount Codes located in your Download Area online. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Don't Miss HFA's Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss Program - These Experts Will Tell You Why

Why should you register for Hospice Foundation of America's program on Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss?  Here's why our experts think YOU should register:

"We'll be discussing fact vs. fiction as it relates to adolescents.  Everyone believes they know something based on what they've heard or read; we'll actually be linking research to practice so that clinicians know which interventions are successful and why."

- Stacy F. Orloff, EdD, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Vice President, Palliative Care and 
Community Programs, Suncoast Hospice 
"This program is going to offer effective ways to work with and help adolescents as they are coping with loss. Additionally, this program will cover the types of losses that adolescents experience and how their age and developmental stage will impact how they will cope."
- Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT
Director, The Mourning Star Center of VNA California 
and Camp Director, Camp Erin Children's Bereavement Camp  

"Despite the comparatively low death rate of adolescents, death is very much a part of the adolescent world.  Mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, end-of-life specialists, and parents, do adolescents little good by ignoring that reality." 

- Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv 
Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, 
and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America 

HFA's 2014 Expert Panelists
REGISTER TODAY for this Important Topic!

Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss will be available via WEBCAST and/or DVD. 

The program is 2.5 hours, with an additional 30-minute local discussion (required for CE credits).  Sites can schedule their own dates and times (between the dates of 4/10/14 and 4/9/15) to show the program. 
Register directly online or by mail/fax with this form.

Monday, February 3, 2014

World Cancer Day 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 is World Cancer Day. This year's theme is Debunk the Myths.

Hospice Foundation of America has resources for families and professional caregivers who are caring for cancer patients at the end of life. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Palliative Care Physician Awards Announced

The 2014 annual Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards honoring five physicians in palliative care have been announced.
"This year's awardees are role models of good doctoring in all career stages and to a variety of patients, including veterans and the under-served," says Richard Payne, MD, Esther Colliflower Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life and a member of the selection committee. "In addition to recognizing today's leaders, the awards shine a light on those who will provide national leadership to the medical profession in the years ahead."

"We are delighted with the new cohort of winners, who inspire us with their empathy, their skill at alleviating suffering, and their success at educating other health professionals on how to provide the best possible care to people nearing the end of their lives," says Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD, president of The Hastings Center.

The 2014 recipients are: Senior Physician Award - Catherine Deamant, MD, system director of Supportive and Palliative Care Services for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Chicago and program director of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County; Mid-Career Physician Award - Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, director of the Department of Medical Ethics and director of research for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Early-Career Physician Awards -
Elise C. Carey, MD, FAAHPM, chair of the Section of Palliative Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Jeanette Ross, MD, AGSF, FAAHPM, staff physician in geriatrics and palliative care at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio and director of the geriatric and palliative medicine fellowships at the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Nadia Tremonti, MD, medical director for palliative care at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit and medical director for Kaleidoscope Kids Hospice at the Henry Ford Health System.

The awards are given by the Cunniff-Dixon Foundation and The Hastings Center. The Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life oversees the selection process.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Strategies for Successful Family Meetings: Handling Family Conflict

Join HFA on Tuesday, January 28 from noon-1:30pm EST for this program:

Strategies for Successful Family Meetings: Handling Family Conflict

Register online today.

This webinar focuses on the Family Meeting as a way to resolve conflicts emerging in end-of-life care. The webinar offers participants practical strategies for planning and conducting family meetings.


  • How the Family Meeting can benefit both the family facing end-of-life decisions and the Interdisciplinary Team;
  • A six-step protocol for delivering difficult news and structuring supportive Family Meetings;
  • Three critical issues that should be discussed and resolved in the Family Meeting.
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology at The College of New Rochelle
  • Sherry R. Schachter, PhD, FT, Director of Bereavement Services for Calvary Hospital/Hospice in New York  
One-point-five (1.5) hours of continuing education credit are available by a number of professional boards, and are included in the cost of registration.


Pricing per program (includes Continuing Education Credits): 
$84.95 (per program) for Organizations
$24.95 (per program) for Individuals

Pricing for the Series (includes Continuing Education Credits):
$240 for Organizations (access to all three programs)
$70 for Individuals (access to all three programs)


Friday, December 27, 2013

Young People Share the Reality of Loss

I hope that by sharing my experience, I can help teenagers who are going through what I've gone through. If I could concisely sum up what I've learned in these past five years: don't be afraid to talk, don't be afraid to share, and definitely, don't be afraid to cry.
- J.L., Age 19

Sleeping is sometimes impossible and crying is unstoppable on some days, but eventually you start to heal and get stronger. It doesn't go away; the sadness will always be there over your loss.
- K.D., Age 21

Sometimes I just sit down and wonder about what my life would be like if [my dad] was still alive. Would I behave better? Would I get better grades in school? Would I still be doing the same sports and activities I do now. I always think about that type of stuff and how my life might be different.
- E.B., Age 13

Hear the reality of loss through the eyes of adolescents, and learn about how you can help, during HFA's LIVE presentation on April 10, Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.

What You'll Learn

Adolescence is a time of discovery, of exploring identity and looking ahead to the future. But the reality is that, for many adolescents, illness and death are part of their experience as well. For many teens, this may be the first time they have dealt with grief and loss. Yet much of the information and support for the bereaved is focused either on younger children or on adults. That is why, for our 2014 Living With Grief® program, we will focus exclusively on Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss.

Whether it's a death in the family, or the death of a friend or classmate, illness and dying do touch this population. Hospice professionals, school support personnel, and anyone who supports families through grief and loss will gain an in-depth knowledge into how the grief process intersects with critical milestones of adolescent development, and gain insight into interventive strategies focused on young people.

The live streaming program will be presented on April 10, 2014. Registration options include both the live and archived webcast versions, as well as a DVD option. Be sure to register before Dec. 31 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount, for the registration package that works best for your organization.

Learn more

Register Early and Save!

Early Registration is now available for HFA's spring Living With Grief® program, Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss. This program is 2.5 hours, with an additional 30-minute local discussion (required for CE credits). Three CE credits are available for professionals.

HFA's 2014 Living With Grief® program will be available to registered sites in the following formats:
  • LIVE via Streaming Video Webcast  on April 10, 2014 from 2 to 4:30pm (ET)

  • Archived webcast (online); available for 1-year, until April 9, 2015. 

  • A DVD of the program is also available (for an additional fee), but will not ship until mid-June.
Sites can schedule their own dates and times (between the dates of 4/10/14 and 4/9/15) to show the program.

Register directly online or via mail/fax.

Early-bird rates are only available until December 31st.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Webinar - Helping Families Cope with Conflict at the End of Life

HFA's upcoming webinar, Helping Families Cope with Conflict at the End of Life, will discuss how families cope with loss, the burdens of caregiving, and how hospice professionals can assist families dealing with conflict as a loved one approaches death.

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.

Learn more.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It's National Hospice and Palliative Care Month!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a month to recognize the invaluable work that hospices do each day, to educate consumers about the benefits of hospice, and to honor those who cope with caregiving and end-of-life issues in their own lives.

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

Journeys - In Time for the Holidays

Order Today in Time for the Holidays! Journeys with Grief: A Collection of Articles About Love, Life, and Loss

HFA's popular resource for only $9.95 per copy!
Journeys with Grief

Each journey with loss is distinct-as individual as fingerprints or snowflakes. Yet the journey need not be lonely. This compilation of articles will provide a tangible way to help make that journey with grievers in your community.

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

Journeys With Grief: A Collection of Articles about Love, Life, and Loss,
 is only $9.95 per copy!
Chapters include:
  • 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
Order your copy today!
Order directly online or place your order by mail or fax.

Words from Our Readers
I've been sending Journeys to the family members of our hospice patients and also to the family members... One of the things I hear very often is that every month, in each newsletter there is at least one article that resonates with something the receiver has been thinking or feeling.
- Lisa Talcott, Social Worker, Clark Fork Valley Hospital, Plains, MT

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.
- Clients, Hospice of Northwest Ohio

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.
- A Journeys Subscriber
Order a gift subscription today!
Order online at store.hospicefoundation.org or order by phone: 1-800-854-3402