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For immediate release                              April 7, 2003

Hospice Home Care sponsors “Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy” teleconference April 30

Sharon Regional Health System’s Hospice Home Care will sponsor the Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) 10th annual bereavement teleconference “Living With Grief: Coping With Public Tragedy” April 30, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. in McDowell Hall at the Penn State-Shenango campus, Sharon. This live-via-satellite televised broadcast will examine factors that define a public tragedy and look at ways health care and other professionals can appropriately respond and offer support.

Reaching an estimated live audience of 125,000 people nationwide, the teleconference will benefit a wide range of professionals as they support their communities and help people cope with losses that often accompany public tragedies. Cokie Roberts, ABC News correspondent, will moderate this event. Ms. Roberts will lead a panel of noted authorities to include Kenneth J. Doka, consultant to HFA and professor of gerontology at the College of New Rochelle; Marcia Lattanzi-Licht, consultant and noted authority regarding loss; LaVone Hazell, a funeral director from New York, NY; Nadine Reimer Penner, a hospice social worker from Wichita, Kansas; and Marlene A. Young, executive director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Hospice Foundation of America, a non-profit organization working to educate health care professionals and the families they serve in issues relating to illness, loss and grief, produces the teleconference.

Three hours of CEUs are available for a $25 fee through a check made payable the day of the conference to the HFA. Capacity is limited to 30 persons.

For more information or to register, call Linda Logue, Sharon Regional’s hospice coordinator, at 724-983-5936 or 724-983-5935.