April 5, 2003
On Wednesday, April 30, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will serve as a local host for the Hospice Foundation of America's tenth annual bereavement teleconference, "Living With Grief: Coping With Public Tragedy." This live-via-satellite televised broadcast will examine factors that define a public tragedy and look at ways health care and other professionals can appropriately respond and offer support.
Reaching an estimated live audience of 125,000 people nationwide, the teleconference will benefit a wide range of professionals as they support their communities and help people cope with losses that often accompany public tragedies. Cokie Roberts, ABC News correspondent, will moderate this event.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for caring organizations across the country to present a program that will resonate strongly with diverse communities because the theme is so universal," commented Jack D. Gordon, Chairman of Hospice Foundation of America. "Of particular interest will be police, firefighters, rescue and emergency service personnel, hospital ER staffs, schools and others who will benefit from a better understanding of the ways public tragedies can affect those they serve."
It has been several months since the nation marked the one-year anniversary of 9-11, yet the lessons to be learned from this tragedy continue. The effects of other events such as Hurricane Andrew, Oklahoma City and Columbine will also be discussed. "By looking back at these tragic events, we will be able to focus in on some of the responses that enabled people across the nation to survive and continue to cope," remarked Gordon.
Roberts will lead a panel of noted authorities to include Kenneth J. Doka, consultant to HFA and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, consultant and noted authority regarding loss; LaVone Hazell, a funeral director from New York, NY; Nadine Reimer Penner, a hospice social worker from Wichita, Kansas; and Marlene A. Young, executive director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance.
"UMFK will be hosting this workshop as part of our continuing effort to provide information to the business and professional community of our region," said Diane Nadeau-Saucier, executive director for corporate relations.
This program has been approved for (3) three contact hours of continuing education (CEU's) by several professional boards. Although there is no attendance charge, there is a $25 processing fee for those seeking to obtain CEU's.
The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a non-profit organization working to educate health care professionals and the families they serve in issues relating to illness, loss and grief. The program is sponsored in part by a grant from Last Acts and the Foundation for End of Life Care, in cooperation with the Adventist Communication Network, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Project on Death in America and The Compassionate Friends.
The teleconference will be held in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For reservations or for more information, please contact Nadeau-Saucier at (207) 834-7800, or toll free at 1-888-TRY-UMFK.