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Fairfield Memorial Hospital will be a host site for a free educational seminar sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America titled “Beyond Kübler-Ross: New Perspectives on Death, Dying and Grief.” This educational program will be held on Thursday, January 26, from 9:00-11:30 a.m. in Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Medical Arts Complex Education Room.  Continuing education credits will be available for a fee. Anyone interested in attending the free educational program needs to register before January 24 by calling Andrea Shupe, MSW, LCSW, Fairfield Memorial Hospital Social Services Director, at 618-847-8393.

For those unfamiliar with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, she was the individual who, in 1969, helped lay the groundwork for the opening of honest and valuable discussions regarding end of life issues. Since1969, Kübler-Ross’ findings and work have continued to be vital in both professional settings and in popular culture. The DVD portion of the educational program is centered on discussion regarding the latest information about death and dying and grief and loss, based on Kübler-Ross’ groundwork.

The program will begin with the viewing of the two hour DVD that highlights what additional knowledge has been gained in the past 40-plus years since the original discussions.  The discussion, on the DVD, will be among six professional experts in the field of end of life issues and grief and loss.  These professional experts will provide their insights into current ways of thinking, culture trends and the prospect of what future discussions might entail. Immediately following the viewing of the DVD, Fairfield Memorial Hospital will have a panel of local experts in the field who will lead meaningful discussion and answer questions.  The local expert panelists include Christopher Ballard, M.D., Medical Director of Horizon Healthcare; Susan Allison, RN, BSN, Clay County Health Department Hospice Nurse; Barbara Swinson, RN, BSN, Clay County Health Department Hospice Coordinator; and Bruce Horsley, Clay County Health Department Hospice Chaplain. In addition to the panelists, the Fairfield Memorial Hospital Social Services Team will also be on hand to answer questions regarding Advanced Directives.

For additional information or if you have questions, simply contact Andrea Shupe at 618-847-8393.

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