Go, Do, Learn

April 12, 2004

Monthlong lecture series

Hospice of Washington County Inc. and Washington County Health System will present "Strangers in a Strange Land: Living with Life-limiting Illness." The lecture series is for people (or their family or close friends) who have a terminal condition. Participants will be presented with medical, legal, psychological and spiritual information related to end-of-life care. The series will be held at 7 p.m. and meets each Monday through May 17 at Robinwood Medical Center, Conference Room, Suite 142.

The free series includes:

  • April 19 - "Facing a Serious Illness," a panel presentation by six local physicians with representation in the areas of oncology (cancer), cardiology, pulmonary care, renal care, Alzheimer's and dementia and HIV and AIDS. Each will discuss the signs and symptoms of a disease in its final stages.

  • April 26 - "Planning for the Future," a panel presentation by a local attorney, physician and patient advocate discussing the legal, medical and ethical implications of advanced care planning.

  • May 3 - "Addressing Medical and Physical Issues at the End of Life," a panel presentation by three nurse specialists in the field of palliative care, hospice care and pain management.

  • May 10 - "Anticipatory Grief," a panel presentation by social workers and clergy on dealing with the impending loss associated with a terminal illness for both the patient and family.

  • May 17 - "Faith, Hope, Love, Belief: The Language of Spiritual Empowerment and Peace for the Journey," a presentation by the hospital's chaplain on the language we speak, our culture and our religion and how they influence our views on illness and dying.

To register, call 301-790-8622. Refreshments will be provided.

Hospice volunteer training

Hospice of Washington County Inc. has scheduled its spring volunteer training program. The four-week program will begin Tuesday, April 27, and continue through Thursday, May 20.

Afternoon and evening sessions are available. The training program is designed to provide an understanding of the many phases a patient with a terminal illness might go through. Members of the class will learn the many aspects of Hospice, family roles, the aging process, medical aspects of care, grief and bereavement, and listening and communication skills. The information will be presented through lecturers, videos and group discussions.

For information or to register, contact Mary Foor, volunteer services director at 301-791-6360 or fill out an application at on the Web.

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