The National Center For Death Education at Mount Ida College To Host Hospice Foundation of America’s Annual National Living With Grief® Program

March 28, 2014-


Newton, MA – Each year the Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) presents a nationally recognized distance learning program to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, HFA’s educational events have been instrumental in educating healthcare professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. This program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.  This program is practical for all levels of professions – entry level, intermediate or advanced.  The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to nurses, social workers, counselors, nursing home administrators, case managers, funeral directors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, caregivers, and those working in palliative and hospice care, long-term care, or home care.

This year’s Living With Grief® Program focuses on Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss. This new program focuses exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss.  Adolescence, broadly defined, from middle school years to emerging adulthood, is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy.  Illness and loss profoundly influences these processes.  Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic – deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide.  This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss. For full program details, see HFA’s website at

Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the program will be shown at the Campus Center Theatre at Mount Ida College on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


“This year’s program offered by the HFA covers the extremely important topic of loss and its effect on adolescent development.  The program will explore the unique issues surrounding grief and loss from the perspective of an adolescent,” said Diane Moran, Director of the National Center for Death Education at Mount Ida. “We are proud to offer this important program to our community. Any adult who knows or works with a grieving child should avail themselves to this teleconference.”

Mr. Sesno will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Tashel Bordere, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, Child and Family Development, University of Central Missouri; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of  Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America; Pamela Gabbay, MA, FT, Director, The Mourning Star Center for Grieving Children and Camp Director, Camp Erin Children’s Bereavement Camp; Stacy F Orloff EdD, LCSW, ACHP SW, Vice President, Palliative Care and Community Programs, Suncoast Hospice; Donna L. Schuurman, EdD, FT, Chief Executive Officer, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families; and Carol Wogrin, PsyD, RN, Independent Consultant.

About the Hospice Foundation of America

Each year this award-winning program is produced by Hospice Foundation of America, a not-for-profit organization, which 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.

About The National Center for Death Education

The National Center for Death Education (NCDE) at Mount Ida College is dedicated to offering care giving professionals in thanatology—the field of death, dying and grief—the latest industry knowledge and trends through a number of professional development programs. We design our programs with our philosophy that death and loss are a part of the natural continuum of life, including the many forms and expressions death, dying, grief and loss have within the contexts of families, communities, and with those who have had similar experiences. The National Center for Death Education offers programs that benefit professionals in grief and loss, trauma, chaplaincy, social work, nursing, employee assistance personnel, teachers, mental health and counseling: For details about our online courses, the Summer Institute on Grief and Loss and the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Thanatology, please visit

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at