Hospice to host teleconference

This years teleconference focuses on Living With Grief: Before and After the Death. The teleconference will explore the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief as experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting illness and by survivors after the death. The program will be broadcast Thursday, March 22 from 1:30-4 p.m. at AMC - Uihlein, located at 185 Old Military Road in Lake Placid. There will be a panel discussion with local practitioners following the broadcast from 4-4:30 pm. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals including doctors, nurses, EMTs, funeral directors, psychologists, healthcare administrators, educators, case managers, social workers and counselors to share and exchange ideas and obtain local low-cost continuing education credits. Training ourselves to be listening, learning companions not only equips us to be better helpers, it enriches our own lives as we become more available to those who grant us the privilege of being part of their journey through loss, said Steve Smith, bereavement coordinator of the Essex County office of High Peaks Hospice. The teleconference 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. It is jointly sponsored this year by High Peaks Hospice, AMC - Uihlein, and the Essex County Office of the Aging. To reserve a place or for more information, call High Peaks Hospice (Tri-Lakes) at 891-0606. Transportation is available from several Essex County locations by calling High Peaks Hospice (Essex County) at 546-9850.

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