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Four community organizations have teamed up to help, hosting the first ever “Navigating the End of Life” Workshop

Hospice of Palm Beach County and Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Palm Beach Atlantic University are joining forces to host a unique five-hour, FREE workshop for those professionals and family members assisting individuals with end-of-life issues.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DeSantis Family Chapel at Palm Beach Atlantic University, the “Navigating the End of Life Journey” symposium is designed to help family members find answers to tough questions, and provide guidance to professionals working closely with people in the final years of life.

“The workshop actually came about because we worked with Meals On Wheels volunteers in the past on how to identify and support clients who seem in danger of dying alone,” said Leah Sharrock, a field educator for Hospice of Palm Beach County. “From there, the effort has blossomed! This workshop is designed to let caregivers step back from the demands of their care-giving lives and become better equipped.”

The symposium will include four morning sessions featuring speakers recognized as experts in their subjects and an afternoon panel discussion following a lunch, which will be provided.

Topics/Speakers will include:

  • “How to Talk with Your Family, Your Doctor, Your Clients and Your Patients” by Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD – Founder and chair of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at State University of New York Upstate Medical University

  • “Ethical and Spiritual Issues at the End of Life” by Paul Copan, Ph.D – Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University

  • “Options for Healthcare at the End-of-Life” by Faustino Gonzalez, MD – Vice President of Medical Affairs for Hospice of Palm Beach County and South Florida Palliative Medicine Specialists

  • “How to Make a Living Will Work” and “Reflecting on one’s Life’s Legacy and Avoiding the Guardianship and Probate Process” by Thornton Henry – Attorney with Jones Foster Johnston and Stubbs in West Palm Beach, practicing in the areas of charitable giving, taxation, estate planning, and trust and estate administration.

“All of us who interact closely with those living out their final days have found ourselves facing situations we’ve never before encountered,” says Charlie Ring, executive director of Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. “This workshop and the experts who are presenting will help each of us – whether we’re volunteers, religious leaders or long-time care-giving professionals – help those who reach out to us for support and comfort.”

To find out more about the workshop, please contact Reverend Randy Bare at 561-832-3631 or visit hpbc.com.

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