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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 9, 2007

Contact:  Diana Alspach, 201.684.7625
dalspach@ramapo.edu

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey will broadcast the 14th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference Thursday, March 22 from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in Room SC-138 on the college campus.  Professionals and community members are invited to attend; admission to the broadcast is free.  A half-hour discussion facilitated by college faculty and staff will follow the teleconference.

Each year the Hospice Foundation of America  (HFA) presents this nationally recognized distance-learning program, live via satellite and webcast to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities.  For more than a decade, this educational program has been instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care.  The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals–including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors–to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

“Before and After Death” will explore the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief as experienced by persons throughout a life-limiting illness and by survivors after the death. The panel, moderated by Frank Sesno, professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University and special correspondent with CNN, will focus on areas where understandings of grief have been challenged.

The panel consists of noted authorities including Scott W. Bradley, MSW, CT, CFSP from the Center for Life Transition and Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC; Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, Mdiv from The College of New Rochelle; Lorraine Hedtke, MSW, ACSW, LCSW from VITAS Innovative Hospice Care; Patricia Murphy, PhD, APN, FAAN from UMDNJ – University Hospital; Robert A. Neimeyer, PhD from the University of Memphis, and Robert Washington, PhD, MDiv from Montgomery Hospice.

Dr. Kathleen L. Fowler, a professor at the college who is certified in thanatology and is Ramapo’s site coordinator says, “The Hospice Foundation of America’s annual teleconference is always a rich resource for professionals and for families trying to learn more about grief and loss.  The School of Social Sciences and Human Services of Ramapo College is fortunate to be able to act as a site for this teleconference again this year.”

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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