Caldwell Hospice to Offer Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual National Living with Grief® Virtual Program

Theresa Faye Shumate
September 9, 2020
Loura Ruth (Testerman) Garvin
September 9, 2020

Caldwell Hospice to Offer Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual National Living with Grief® Virtual Program


Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care will offer Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) annual Living with Grief® Virtual Program, Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss, live from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020, via Zoom. The program will also be available on demand until September 23, 2021. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link and payment code for the CE credits.

This year’s program, Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss, provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

Holistic treatment of individuals who are terminally ill or bereaved should include the needs of the whole person. Yet the most basic of human desires, those that include intimate and sexual relationships, are frequently avoided, dismissed, or unaddressed by healthcare, social service, clergy, and bereavement professionals. Patients, family caregivers and clients can be inhibited by the deeply personal nature of intimacy and sexuality and often do not raise concerns with professionals.

In this program, HFA will identify barriers to intimacy and sexuality for terminally ill persons and the bereaved. The program will emphasize the knowledge and skills that professionals must have to sensitively address intimacy and sexuality and suggest interventions that can help dying and bereaved persons address these elemental human needs.

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University and former CNN anchor, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Carrie Arnold, PhD, FT, MEd, RSW, CCC; Alua Arthur, JD; John Cagle, MSW, PhD; and Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv.

This program will be practical for all levels of professionals—entry level, intermediate or advanced. The information provided will be useful to healthcare clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home, or faith community environments. Two hours of continuing education credits are available at no cost to participants until September 23, 2021, through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy, and more. For HFA’s list of board approvals, go to

The complimentary presentation is provided as part of Caldwell Hospice’s community grief support services because of their belief that it can improve quality of life. Registration is required by September 23, 2020. To learn more about this program or to register, contact Lisa Caviness, Public Relations/Marketing Specialist, at 828.754.0101 or [email protected].

Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, a community-owned, not-for-profit hospice care provider, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Medicare-certified, and licensed by the State of North Carolina. For more information about Caldwell Hospice, including hospice care, non-hospice palliative medicine, grief support services, and opportunities to serve as a Caldwell Hospice volunteer, call 828.754.0101, visit or Facebook.