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March 12, 2007

Local Hospitals To Host Bereavement Teleconference March 22

Hospitals in Johnson County will host a nationally recognized distance-learning program on issues surrounding the loss of a loved one from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

The Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) 14th annual National Bereavement Teleconference will be transmitted live via satellite and the Web to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities.

Attendees can view the teleconference in three locations in Iowa City, including the Braley Auditorium on the Lower Level of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; McAuley Room 1 in the Mercy Medical Plaza; and 3 West 19C at the Department of Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System. Registration for all three sites is available by calling Mercy On Call toll free at 800-358-2767 or 319-358-2767.

The program provides an opportunity for doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

This year HFA's teleconference focuses on "Before and After the Death." The teleconference will explore the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief as experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting illness and by survivors after the death. The panel will focus on areas where understandings of grief have been challenged. Frank Sesno, professor of media and public affairs at the George Washington University and a special correspondent with CNN, will serve as the program's moderator.

Sesno will lead a panel of noted authorities that includes: Scott W. Bradley from the Center for Life Transition and Bradley & Son Funeral Homes; Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., from the College of New Rochelle; Lorraine Hedtke, from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care; Patricia Murphy, Ph.D., from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - University Hospital; Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., from the University of Memphis; and Robert Washington, Ph.D., from Montgomery Hospice.

The teleconference is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization that acts as an advocate for the hospice concept of care through ongoing programs of professional education, public information and research on issues relating to illness, loss, grief and bereavement.

NOTE TO EDITORS: News media are encouraged to attend this event. For more information or to register, call Mercy On Call at 319-358-2767 or toll free 800-358-2767.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,