HUDSON — Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will host Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) annual Living With Grief Program, “Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth,” from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Caldwell Hospice’s McCreary Family Professional Center, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson. The local event is offered at no cost in partnership with Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Each year the HFA presents a nationally recognized distance learning program watched in thousands of communities across North America. For more than two decades, HFA’s educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end of life.

This year’s program focuses on “Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth.” This program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief, emphasizing that loss engenders not only grief, but also growth. The presentation addresses the phenomena of post-traumatic growth, noting research on the concept as well as strategies professionals can use in assisting grieving individuals. In addition, individuals struggling with loss will learn self-help strategies as they cope with loss. This educational program combines presentations by experts with video, discussion, and additional complimentary learning materials.

Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN anchor, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Patti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; and Richard Tedeschi, PhD.

The program is two hours, including an onsite 25-minute panel discussion with local and area professionals required for CE credits.

This program will be practical for all levels of professionals — entry level, intermediate or advanced. The information provided will be useful to health care clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home or faith community environments. Two hours of continuing education credit are available at no cost to participants until March 18 through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy and more. For HFA’s list of board approvals, go to www.hospicefoundation.org .

For more information or to register, contact Lisa Caviness, public relations/marketing specialist, at 828-754-0101 or prc@caldwellhospice.org.

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