​Schedule and Breakout Sessions

Please note: Contact hours awarded for full-day attendance only.

8:00-8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

Wayne H. Grant, PharmD, MBA

Director of the Hospice Institute and Pharmacy Services Hospice of the Western Reserve

8:15-9:15 a.m.
Dawn Gross, M.D., Ph.D., FAAHPM
Dying to Talk: Making Wishes Come True

This presentation discusses new approaches to goals of care conversations in making transitions. True stories from life experiences with patients and families making transitions will be shared along with using the “magic wand” question and GoWish.

9:15-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (select one)

Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW
Developmental Disabilities and Hospice Care: A Unique Partnership

Describe how to help prepare clients that have developmental disabilities for transitions that occur with their healthcare needs.

John Thomas, J.D.
Pat Schraff., J.D., LISW
Legal Planning for the Expected and Unexpected Events in Life

The presentation will focus on estate planning documents such as wills, Power of Attorney for Finance and Health and trusts. The presentation will also provide information on the benefits available for the payment of long term care and Probate Court administration in guardianships and trust administration.

Mary Murphy, M.Ed., LPC
Transitioning Through Grief

This presentation will define Grief and Loss and common grief reactions through the use of case examples. It will also discuss how Worden’s Tasks of Mourning relate to transitions in the grief process.

10:45-11 a.m.


11 a.m. - Noon
Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW
We Don’t Know Death: 7 Assumptions We Make about Dying

Prior experiences with death and dying can lead us to believe that we know what to expect the next time we encounter a dying individual. However, this “knowing” can lead to inappropriate conclusions. This presentation will explore the assumptions professionals often make regarding the dying process. We will review the types of situations in which we may romanticize dying. The presenter will share how dying individuals can surprise us and act in ways that we might not have anticipated.

Noon-1:00 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (select one)

Stacey Heffernan, M. Ed.
Mary Ann Walker, ADC, DCP
Living with Alzheimer's

This program will incorporate interviews with a person in the early stages of the disease, as well as a care partner who experienced the disease in their loved one. Transitions along the continuum of the disease will be discussed.

Stephen C. Blonder Adams, M. Div.
Journey of the Soul: Observations Along the Way

This presentation will continue to dialogue about Visioning, focusing specifically on what these experiences can help us understand of the soul’s journey entering this life in conception and its return to the eternal in the death of the body. The presenter will utilize visioning experience from end of life phenomenon in hospice work over the past 25 years, as well as, intuitive sight from working with patients in his Healing Touch practice.

Jennifer Martnick CNP, MSN, BSN, RN, ACHPN
Joan Hanson RN, BSN, CHPCA
Transitioning from Palliative Care to Hospice

This presentation will define Palliative Care and the role it plays in supporting patients and families. The program also discusses how to and when to make the transition to hospice care.

2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15-3:15 p.m.
Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D.
Dying by Design: Reimagining the End of Life in Health Systems and Communities

This discussion will begin with the current state of end-of-life care in this country. The remaining time will focus on how communities and institutions can support and provide individuals enhanced and innovative options for meaningful and symptom-free final years as you transition to the end of life.

3:15-3:30 p.m.


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (select one)

Petique Oeflein, RN, NP-C, ACHPN
Sarah Blowers MSN, ANP-BC, BSN, RN, ACHPN
Lisa M. Bruening, M.S., CCC-SLP.
Transitions in the Illness Trajectory of the ALS Patient

The presentation will review the multiple symptoms of ALS and how symptoms relate to prognosis. We will discuss communication strategies to consider as patients navigate through the multiple stages of ALS. Several supportive resources will be shared for anyone living with ALS or who have been touched by someone with ALS

Becky Kiely, M.A. ATR-BC
Sarah Paczak Chappell, MT-BC
Let it Go! An Existential Journey Through the Seasons with "Bubbie"

The presentation explains existential theory as it relates to the expressive therapies during end of life. It also discusses expressive therapy interventions to use to support patients transitioning through end of life.

Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW
The Death Café Movement: Engaging the Community with Conversations about Death

A Death Café is a pop-up event where people get together to talk about death and have tea and delicious cake. In just five short years, these community events have spread worldwide to thousands of events in over 42 countries. This session aims to educate and inspire those who want to learn more about the Death Café concept, and what we’ve learned from the attendees.

Contact hours are offered for Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Case Managers, Funeral Directors and Nursing Home Administrators.

Hospice of the Western Reserve, OLN-006-P is approved as a provider unit of continuing education by The Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) and provider unit status is valid through October, 2017. 6.0 contact hours

The State of Ohio’s Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board to provide professional continuing education for social workers (RSX079403)
and Counselor & Marriage & Family Therapist ((MCST091726) (9/2018)).
6.0 contact hours. 

The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. This course is approved for 6 CE contact hours. Activity code: S00027967 Approval Number: 170002975  Valid through 9/14/18.
To claim these CE’s, log into your CE Center account at www.ccmcertification.org 

The State of Ohio Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers to provide Continuing Education Units ((2-914conf (9/14/17))
6.0 (CEH) continuing education units

The State of Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services & Supports
(105-L-17, 9/14/17) to provide 6.0 continuing education hours.

The Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Hospice of the Western Reserve designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.