The Center to Advance the Study of Loss [CASL] recently held their annual workshop this year on campus in PDLMA with approximately 75 participants in attendance. Speakers included Dr. Clay Anderson, Senior Medical Director at NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care, Pastor Dan Festa, Covenant Presbyterian Church of Marshall, Missouri, Dr. Gerry Walker, Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Chair and CASL’s Executive Director, Dr. Laurel Hilliker. The workshop covered the topic of compassion in disease dialogue and in death notification and was well received.
Compassion in Disease Dialogue and Death Notification
COMPASSION In the Delivery of the News of a Death AND In Disease Dialogue
October 10, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Park University, 8700 NW River Park Drive, Parkville, MO 64152
Park Distance Learning Conference Center
KEYNOTE: Clay M. Anderson, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Senior Medical Director, NorthCare Hospice and Palliative Care
Reverend Dr. Daniel K. Festa, Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Marshall, Mo.
Laurel E. Hilliker, PhD, Executive Director, Center to Advance the Study of Loss, and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Park University
Gerry Walker, DHEd, MSN, RN, Ellen Finley Earhart Nursing Program Chair and Associate Professor of Nursing, Park University
OVERVIEW: Join us for an opportunity to gain knowledge of (and strategies for) using considerate truth telling throughout a person’s disease journey as well as compassion in the delivery of the news of a death. Our day together includes an opening true story of the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of a young adult and the delivery of this news to his family in a hospital setting, as told by his mother, Dr. Gerry Walker of Park University. Next, Rev. Dr. Dan Festa of Marshall, MO brings his experience and recommendations for sharing the news of the death of a person in a compassionate way with others. Then, Dr. Clay Anderson, of Kansas City, the day’s keynote, will give presentations describing the disease dialogue concept and how to utilize a positive approach for communication in hospice and palliative care and various other settings. Additionally, CASL’s Director, Dr. Laurel Hilliker will facilitate the agenda and briefly discuss some current research on the days topic.