Published on October 10, 2018

Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth


Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program watched in thousands of communities across North America. For more than two decades, HFA’s educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. This program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits. This program is practical for all levels. The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to health care clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in the hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home or faith community environments.

This year’s Living With Grief® Program focuses on Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth. This program explores the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief, emphasizing that loss engenders not only grief, but also growth. The presentation addresses the phenomena of posttraumatic growth, noting research on the concept as well as strategies professionals can use in assisting grieving individuals. In addition, individuals struggling with loss will learn self-help strategies as they cope with loss. This educational program combines presentations by experts with video, discussion, and additional complimentary learning materials. For full program details, see HFA’s website at

Moderated by Frank Sesno, former CNN anchor, the program will be shown from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at Essentia Health-Virginia Medical Arts Building, McMillan Conference Room A, 901 9th Street N., Monday October 29. Registration begins at 12:30, the program will be facilitated by Essentia Health St. Mary’s East Range Hospice.

This program will also be shown from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Monday October 29, at the Grand Rapids Area Library Central, 140 NE 2nd Street, Grand Rapids. Registration begins at 12:30, the program will be facilitated by Essentia Health St. Mary’s Itasca Hospice.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Patti Anewalt, PhD, LPC, FT; and Richard Tedeschi, PhD.

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.

NOTE: News media are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Catherine Burt at (218) 749-7979.

To coordinate interviews, photos, and/or video, contact the media relations team.

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