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Release: March 29, 1999

Teleconference to explore caregiving, grief

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Helping others cope with loss and experiencing grief directly can be difficult for caregivers of all types — social workers, nurses, physicians, clergy, psychologists, family caregivers and hospice workers and volunteers. Local health care professionals and caregivers who wish to explore ways of dealing with grief may participate in the Hospice Foundation of America's Sixth Annual National Bereavement Teleconference to be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

"Living with Grief: At Work, at School, at Worship," a live-via-satellite teleconference, will be broadcast to three Iowa City locations. ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts will moderate a panel discussion on how workplaces, faith communities, schools and colleges can help people who experience illness and loss. Panelists will also talk about strategies for caregivers to handle the stress of working closely with grief. The local sponsors are the Iowa City Hospice Inc., Mercy Hospital Iowa City, the University of Iowa Cancer Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

To reserve a place at the teleconference, call Mercy on Call by Thursday, April 8 at (800) 358-2767 or (319) 358-2767. The event is free. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration at the door will be allowed only as space permits. Medical professionals may earn continuing education units or continuing medical education credits. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of the teleconference companion book on living with grief.

The three sites for the teleconference are the Braley Conference Room in the Pomerantz Pavilion at the UI Hospitals and Clinics; the McAuley Room in the Mercy Medical Plaza; and conference room 3W19 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The panelists who will join Cokie Roberts for the teleconference are Kenneth J. Doka, Lutheran minister and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle and chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement; Michael Jemmott, senior staff chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and an ordained Presbyterian minister; Michael Kirby, a 25-year veteran of the New York State Police and a licensed social worker; and Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, co-founder of Hospice of Boulder County, Colorado.

The Hospice Foundation of American will present the teleconference in cooperation with the national organizations Compassionate Friends, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Association for Death Education and Counseling.