FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital will host a teleconference, “Living with Grief: Before and After the Death,” sponsored by the Board of Chaplains, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Bass Room. Rhonda Wiles of Wiles Funeral Home will facilitate a half-hour discussion following the broadcast.

The live broadcast, moderated by Frank Sesno, professor of media and public affairs at the George Washington University and Special Correspondent with CNN, will provide an educational forum in which a panel of 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.

The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, 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.

The teleconference will provide 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. Attendance at Wiles discussion is required for those seeking continuing education credits.

The teleconference is free and open to the public. However, there is a charge for those earning continuing education credits. To attend or for more information, contact the medical librarian by phone at 779-2554 or by e-mail to [email protected]

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