On Wednesday, May 14, Barnabas Health Hospice in West Orange and Barnabas Health Van Dyke Hospice in Toms River will host the Hospice Foundation of America's (HFA) Annual Living with Grief® Program, Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss. This free teleconference will be held from 1:30 – 5 p.m. at the following Barnabas Health facilities:
- Community Medical Center; Auditoriums A and B; 99 Highway 37 West, Toms River
- Barnabas Health Corporate Office; Human Resources Training Room/Cafeteria; 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange
The program will focus exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss. Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes. Adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic – deaths by accident, suicide and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.
Three (3) hours of continuing education credits are available for a wide range of professions through the HFA. There is a $25 online processing fee per certificate issued (per person) and a $5 fee for each additional certificate (if requesting more than one).
Space is limited. Registration is required by May 7, by calling 1-888-724-7123. Only attendees who register by Monday, April 21, will receive a free companion book.
Refreshments and companion books will be provided through the generosity of the following members of the Dignity Memorial network of funeral, cremation and cemetery services: Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Manchester, Toms River and Whiting; Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Home, Livingston; D'Elia Funeral Home, Lakewood; McCracken Funeral Home, Union; and Quinn Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston and Toms River.
About Barnabas Health Hospice Comfort the Patient. Heal the Family.TM Barnabas Health Hospice offers compassion and support to both the patient and family - empowering decision making, enhancing quality of life, providing comfort, and when the journey has ended, helping those who remain to cope with the loss and move forward. We collaborate with each patient's Primary Care Physician to offer hospice and palliative care services, throughout 10 New Jersey counties, in private homes, in the hospital, or in long-term care or assisted living facilities. For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, visit barnabashealthhospice.org.