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Saint Xavier hosts Hospice Foundation of America’s 14th annual teleconference

Living With Grief®: Before and After the Death

Chicago (March 12, 2007) – Saint Xavier University will host the Hospice Foundation of America’s 14th annual teleconference on March 22, focusing on Living with Grief: Before and After Death.   

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America presents a nationally recognized distance learning program, live via satellite and webcast, to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this award-winning annual educational program has been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on 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.

A distinguished panel of ethicists, educators and hospice experts 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 panel will focus on areas where understandings of grief have been challenged. Moderated by Frank Sesno, professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University and special correspondent with CNN, the program will be broadcast from 1:30 to 4 p.m. EDT (12:30 to 3 p.m. CDT) Thursday, March 22. 

Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes Scott W. Bradley, M.S.W., C.T., C.F.S.P., from the Center for Life Transition and Bradley & Son Funeral Homes LLC; Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., M.Div., from The College of New Rochelle; Lorraine Hedtke, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., L.C.S.W., from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care; Patricia Murphy, Ph.D., A.P.N., F.A.A.N., from UMDNJ – University Hospital; Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., from the University of Memphis; and Robert Washington, Ph.D., M.Div., from Montgomery Hospice.

“As our population ages, grief is unavoidable,” said Saint Xavier University nursing instructor Deborah Kuhn Bruley, Ph.D., RN, whose research involves the elderly and end-of-life issues. “We in health care must learn to deal with the grief of our patients and their families. This teleconference from the Hospice Foundation of America is helpful each year in dealing with various end-of-life issues.” 

The broadcast is sponsored in part by a grant from the New Jersey Funeral Service Education Corporation and the Foundation for End of Life Care, and produced in cooperation with the Adventist Communications Network, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the National Association of Social Workers, the Department of Veterans Affairs Employee Education System, and The Compassionate Friends.	

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.

Cost to attend will be $25. This includes a boxed lunch and a companion book. For more information, call Eileen Rohan at (773) 298-3701 or e-mail at rohan@sxu.edu. 


NOTE:  News media are encouraged to attend.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.