Hospice Foundation of America Webinar Focuses on Helping Children Cope with Death and Dying

Nov 14, 2012, 09:00 ET from Hospice Foundation of America

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) will present a live, online webinar focusing on Helping Children Cope with Their Own Dying or with the Death of Loved Ones on Tuesday, November 20, from noon—1:30pm ET. Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D. and Sherry Schachter, Ph.D., FT, will focus on two aspects of anticipatory mourning: those experienced by dying children and those experienced by children coping with the illness and potential deaths of adults or others close to them.

"While it is generally accepted that adults may mourn the losses associated when facing their own death or the death of others, children also experience anticipatory mourning," states Dr. Doka. "The range of reactions and adaptive strategies can raise special issues for children and adolescents."

During the program, the panelists will delineate ways that the child understands life-threatening illness and death, including the ways the child with life-threatening illness experiences a growing awareness of his or her own mortality; identify losses that the child may experience in the course of the illness of self or others;  describe the losses that family and professional caregivers may experience as they assist a child with life-threatening illness; and  identify interventive strategies that can be used with children as well as with family and professional caregivers.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask the panel questions during the live program. Registration is $85 for an organization or $35 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.

This program is part of HFA's fall Grief Webinar series, featuring some of the best-known experts in the field of grief and bereavement.  To learn more about this exciting webinar series, contact HFA at 800-854-3402 or http://www.hospicefoundation.org/webinars.  Hospice Foundation of America is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement.

Contact: Lisa Veglahn, 800-854-3402, x. 1006


SOURCE Hospice Foundation of America