The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 1, 2013

VA to present ‘Living with Grief’


DANVILLE — A program, Living with Grief, will be shown noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Building 125, Room 101, at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System. The distance-learning program is presented by the Hospice Foundation of America.

The program will be moderated by Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, according to a press release.

Each year, the foundation presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational event has been instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care.

The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to clinicians, administrators, chaplains, social workers, nurses, case managers, counselors, physicians, addiction professionals, and other staff working in hospice and palliative care, hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities.

This year’s program focuses on “Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death.” This program assists end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families.

Attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care — World War II, Korean War, Vietnam. The program looks organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems and explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them.

Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Scott T. Shreve, DO, national director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Department of Veterans Affairs; Deborah Grassman, ARNP, author, lecturer, consultant with Department of Veterans Affairs; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, professor of gerontology, the College of New Rochelle, and senior consultant, Hospice Foundation of America; Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, assistant professor/director, George Washington University, and Vietnam veteran; and Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program manager, Portland VA Medical Center.

Each year this award-winning program 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.

For information, call Sherrie Kuzian at 554-5207.