Arkansas Children's Hospital Careers About Arkansas Children's Hospital Contact Us News
Patients and Families Healthcare Professionals Supporters

Upcoming Events

Arkansas Programs

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups

Good Mourning Grief Support Groups are for any child or teen, ages pre-K through high school, who has experienced a death of a family member or friend. There are also support groups available for the adults in the family. There is no charge for the program, but a completed application is required for each child or teen. For spring 2013, the Parent Orientation will be Tuesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m., and all groups begin Tuesday, March 26, at 6:00 p.m. For an application or more information, go to or call 501-364-7000.

Alliance for Grief and Loss

The Alliance for Grief and Loss is an informal coalition of helping professionals interested in grief and loss issues. All meetings have a program related to grief and loss and are brown-bag lunch meetings in the East Campus Building at Arkansas Children's Hospital, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on the last Monday of the month (unless otherwise noted). Please email for more information or to be added to the email mailing list for the Alliance for Grief and Loss. Certificates of attendance are provided each time. All are welcome.

January 28, 2013 New Perspectives:
Artificial Nutrition & Hydration at
the End of Life -- Part 1
Note: DVD to begin at 11:45

Hospice Foundation DVD
& Discussion

February 25, 2013 New Perspectives:
Artificial Nutrition & Hydration at
the End of Life -- Part 2
Note: DVD to begin at 11:45

Hospice Foundation DVD
& Discussion

March 25, 2013 Laughing Yoga Susan Julie Gonzales
April 17, 2013
Noon - 3:30
Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death Hospice Foundation DVD
May 20, 2013 Book Review and Discussion:
The Spirit Cathes You and You Fall Down:
A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and
The Collision of Two Cultures

by Anne Fadiman
Greg Adams, Facilitator

National Education Opportunities

35th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling

(ADEC) ,

Reframing Images of Grief: Identity Transformation Through Loss

April 24-27, 2013

Pre-Conference Institute:
April 23 - 24

Loews Hollywood Hotel
Hollywood, CA USA

Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) Webinars

Healing Presence for the Healer: Where They Do the Healing
Nichole Schwerman, MA, CT
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Webinars are held from Noon to 1:30 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Check your time zone and avoid registering for a Webinar that is incompatible with your local schedule. ADEC is not responsible for miscalculations relating to the call time in your area.

Professionals exposed to various stressful and traumatic experiences while providing end-of-life care and bereavement care can potentially develop negative consequences. Research has shown that these negative consequences can be significantly influenced by positive work environments. Children's Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin uses an innovative, holistic program to support the emotional, cognitive and spiritual health of staff. Using the R&R Series as a starting point, discussion will revolve around awareness of the problem and creating sustainable programs to support self-care and building staff resiliency in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, the learner will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of various stressful and traumatic experiences on professionals, due to their jobs, and their potential for harm.
  2. Identify three signs of the harmful impact that stressful and traumatic experiences can have on the professional.
  3. Demonstrate sustainable workplace programming designed to facilitate self-care practices and build resiliency in staff dealing with trauma and bereavement.
About the Presenter

Nichole Schwerman, MA, CT, is the Bereavement Coordinator/CISM Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and previously served as the Grief Services Coordinator at MargaretAnn's Place, a center for grieving children and their families. She is the co-author of "A Holistic Approach to Supporting Staff in a Pediatric Hospital Setting" published in Workplace Health & Safety (Sept. 2012). She is co-chair of the South East Wisconsin Grief Network, a member of the Traumatic Incident Response (TIR) team in Milwaukee County and is on the TIR education committee. She is a member of the Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee coalition and regularly teaches QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) workshops, an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons. She has taught for Marion University as an adjunct instructor and has also guest lectured at Mount Mary College, University of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College. She frequently presents at local, state and national conferences on children and grief, ethical dilemmas surrounding the dying child, grief and loss, the impact on grief on the professional and self-care, as well as understanding the impact of Child Death Review team participation. She was on the 2010 U.S. Transplant Games Donor Family Programs committee. She routinely participates on panels to educate the community on children and grief and teaches lay ministers about death and bereavement for local churches. She has worked at Krause Funeral Home and has contributed to their website and blog on the subject of children and grief. She is currently finishing her Master of Counseling and interns at a private practice where she is being trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Hospice Foundation of America

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life (Available through April 3, 2013)

Note: Please see note above under Alliance for Grief and Loss related to this program.

Program Information:

Artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) can be a contentious issue in hospice, palliative care, and long-term care. This medical treatment has been identified as one of the most common ethical dilemmas to arise in end-of-life care. After all, food and water are basic human needs that symbolize caring and nurturing. The possibility of withholding food and water seems cruel to families and may appear to hasten death. Not only families, but also clinical staff and volunteers, may have ethical concerns over not providing ANH to patients approaching the end of life.

This educational program explores medical, legal, ethical issues, and communication barriers that surround ANH. It will emphasize the need for end-of-life provider organizations to have clear and transparent policies on ANH and to offer training to staff and education for families to minimize family misunderstanding and discord as well as moral distress and anguish of staff.

Registration Options/Fees

  • DVD Registration: $200.00
  • Multiple (only up to 5) Sites + 40 CEs: $650.00
  • Networking Package: $895.00
  • CE Packages: 10 CEs - $190, 25 CEs - $425, 50 CEs - $800, 100 CEs - $1,500

Method of Presentation:

HFA's Fall 2012 New Perspectives program will be available via DVD only. This will allow sites the flexibility to show the program on a day/time that is convenient to them.


Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life will run approximately 2 hours in length, with an optional break about half-way through the program. The DVD became available October 3, 2012.

Two (2) hours of CE credits are available to professionals; until April 3, 2013.

Register| Register via mail/fax

HFA Spring Program

Improving Care for Veterans Facing Illness and Death

(available beginning April 17, 2013 - to be shown at Arkansas Children's Hospital on Wednesday, April 17, noon - 3:30 p.m.)

Register Now online | Register Now via mail/fax

Registration is $200 per site, but register now for only $150 for a limited time!

The service, rigors, values and experiences inherent to serving in the U.S. military help shape and define a veteran's life. As veterans age, these factors may also directly influence how veterans approach serious illness and confront their own deaths. For some veterans, the pride of having served their country serves as a source of comfort at the end of life. For others, particularly veterans who served in dangerous duty assignments or combat, memories and associations of those experiences may complicate the dying process. The distinct cultural and social experiences of each war can bring additional challenges--the stoicism associated with service may be a barrier to WWII vets in accepting effective pain management; the disrespect once shown to returning Vietnam veterans may still be felt by those veterans at the end of life. One in four deaths in the United States today is that of a veteran. Given the fact that 80 percent of veterans will die in the care of healthcare institutions outside of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, there is a need to increase understanding of veterans' needs in all healthcare settings, and particularly those that will care for dying veterans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2010, there were 21.8 million veterans in the US; 9 million of those veterans were 65 and older. That number will grow as the overall population ages.

This 3-hour continuing education program (2.5 hour educational video and 30 minute local discussion) is designed to assist end-of-life care provider organizations and health and human service professionals in enhancing their sensitivities and understanding of veterans and to provide professionals with new interventions to better serve dying veterans and their families. Particular attention is placed on veteran generations now aging and most likely to be seen in end-of-life care (WWII, Korean War, Vietnam). In addition to individual interventions, the program also will look organizationally at military benefits and intersections with VA systems. Finally, the program explores the traditions and sensitivities of grieving families and resources that can assist them. The information provided by the expert panel will be useful to clinicians, administrators, and other staff working in hospice and palliative care, hospitals, long-term care and assisted living facilities.


  • Simple to host a site; a detailed step-by-step manual is provided to organizers
  • Fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time lost
  • No travel-related expenses or complications
  • The perfect way to train as many employees as you like
  • Use as a networking opportunity, community event, or professional education
Expert Panelists
  • Scott T. Shreve, DO, National Director, Hospice of Palliative Care, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Deborah Grassman, ARNP, Author, Lecturer, Consultant, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
  • Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle, and Senior Consultant, Hospice Foundation of America
  • Paul Tschudi, MA, EdS, LPC, Assistant Professor/Director, The George Washington University, and Vietnam veteran
  • Ryan Weller, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Program Manager, Portland VA Medical Center
Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the unique components of military culture and experiences;
  2. Define Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and indicate ways that PTSD might affect veterans at varied points within the lifecycle;
  3. Differentiate the unique experiences and health risks of the following veteran cohorts - WWII, Korea, and Vietnam War military veterans;
  4. Discuss different issues that might arise in end-of-life care of veterans such as pain management, trauma and PTSD, and forgiveness;
  5. Discuss sensitivities and interventions, such as reminiscence and life review that enhance counseling to veterans and their families.
  6. Describe the varied systems of care that might serve veterans at the end of life and discuss the ways that policies and systems could enhance care;
  7. Describe the lessons and insights professionals may glean from caring for veterans that might have general implications for the broader population of non-veterans and end-of-life care.
Continuing Education

Continuing education (CE) credits are required for many health care and other professionals in order to renew a license. Offering and publicizing the availability of CEs will help you attract audience members! This program is valid for three (3) hours of CE credit (available online only); until April 17, 2014.

CE POLICY: CE credits are copyrighted by HFA-including a Certificate of Attendance. Most boards, even boards not specifically approved by HFA, will accept the Certificate of Attendance for the full CE hours. Participants are attending an event of Hospice Foundation of America (HFA). All CE certificates must be obtained directly through HFA-no exceptions allowed. Boards approve the content developed by HFA, not by the viewing organization. CE instructions will be provided to you on the download area online, and will be provided to attendees at the conclusion of the program.

Discounted CE packages are available to sites, from our 'materials' page. Note: Individual certificates will be available for a $35 application fee. See our discounted CE packages on the registration site to receive CEs as low as $20!

Health Info
Donate Now