URI College of Nursing to co-host teleconference

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‘Living with Grief Before and After Death’

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 1, 2007 — A teleconference on “Living with Grief Before and After Death’ will be presented at the University of Rhode Island’s Chafee Social Science Center Thursday, March 22.

Presented by URI’s College of Nursing and Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, the program will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 101 of the Chafee building, 10 Chafee Road.

Registration is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The conference is approved for three continuing education credits.

The teleconference will explore the latest theoretical approaches to loss and grief as experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting illness and by survivors. Attention will focus on challenges to conventional wisdom about grieving.

The program will be useful to psychologists, counselors, clergy, social workers, nurses and other health care workers, as well as funeral directors, educators and other school-based personnel.

Topics to be examined and discussed:

• Anticipatory grief and anticipatory mourning—approaches for caregivers in assisting patients and families struggling with loss during life-threatening illness;

• Strategies and interventions that professionals can use at the moment of death and during funeral rituals to help survivors cope with loss;

• Ways that understanding grief have changed in the last 20 years and how changes have influenced practice;

• Research on the effectiveness of grief interventions;

• Current debate over a new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders category for complicated grief; and

• Current research and theory on grief reactions of professional caregivers, and ways that individuals and organizations can effectively support grieving staff and volunteers.

For further information, contact the URI College of Nursing at 401-874-2766.