CarolinaEast Medical Center hosts Hospice Foundation of America’s National Living with Grief® Program

The Longest Loss

Public Invited and Qualified Professionals to Receive CE Credits

CarolinaEast Health System, Cotten Funeral Home and Craven County Health Department Hospice have once again partnered to present Hospice Foundation of America’s Living With Grief® program. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until noon in the CarolinaEast Medical Center Auditorium at 2000 Neuse Boulevard in New Bern.

This year’s Living With Grief® Program focuses on The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. When the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, grief doesn’t wait for death.  Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and live, in-studio discussion, experts will identify how medical and social service professionals, as well as caregivers, can best help patients, families and themselves cope with loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses.  The program will feature national speakers and a discussion session led by local experts. For full details, see HFA’s website at

“Grieving comes in many forms, and sometimes even before death, especially when it comes to complicated diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” said Thomas Smith, Director, Craven County Health Department Hospice. “Over a span of what may be a decade, multiple losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends,” said Smith, “which is why we are proud to partner with local experts and professionals to present the HFA’s program that will hopefully help many in dealing with the grief associated with these diseases.”

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. Three (3) hours of continuing education will also be available through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists, funeral directors, clergy and others who qualify. Please verify CE availability with your professional or state board approval. The CE cost is $15 per person. Instructions for those wishing to receive CE credits will be provided at the viewing location on the day of the event.

To register, call 252-633-8099 or visit  For more information, call Thomas Smith at Craven County Health Department Hospice at 252-636-4930.

Submitted by: Megan McGarvey, Director, Public Relations, CarolinaEast Health System