JCMH Hospice & W.O.S.C. to host ‘Living With Grief’ teleconference

April 1, 2014

Jackson County Memorial Hospital Hospice is sponsoring a teleconference at the Western Oklahoma State College Higher Learning Center on Thursday, April 17 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. This year’s LIVING WITH GRIEF® 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 processed. Moreover, adolescents 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

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.

The teleconference is free and open to the public. It begins at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the Western Oklahoma State College Higher Learning Center. For more information contact Martha Barrett at JCMH Hospice at 580-379-6946 or John Phelan at Western Oklahoma State College at 580-477-7752.