Community Education

Our Community Education programs facilitate constructive conversations in the community about loss, grief and

other end-of-life issues. 

CaringMatters strives to develop community knowledge and skills around end-of-life and grief related topics that can be applied to daily life. Our meaningful educational events and discussions help build a caring and compassionate community.

For information on Community Education, please contact

Leigh Bluestein, or 301-990-7927

Thank you to our Community Education Sponsor

AARP logo.png
Upcoming Online Events

LGBT2Q+ Seriously Ill Seniors: 
Opportunities for Better Care 


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Free of Charge. Registration required. 

Join us for a special online session with Gary Gardia, LCSW, APHSW-C. This session aims to elevate the level of care and inclusion for senior members of the LGBT2Q+ population. It will provide the information and tools necessary to help ensure they receive the compassionate care they need and deserve.

The session will:

  • define some of the key terms we frequently hear related to LGBT2Q+ persons

  • describe common health care challenges, fears, and risks seriously ill LGBT2Q+ seniors may experience

  • explore ways you and others can help assure compassionate care for people in need. 

Thank You to our Community Education Sponsor, AARP Maryland.

Gary Gardia, LCSW, APHSW-C

Over 34 years ago, Gary began his hospice career as a volunteer. Since then he has worked in many capacities leading a variety of teams and departments including volunteers, social workers, bereavement, and education.  


Gary holds Master’s Degrees in both Education and Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He also holds the new Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker Certification (APHSW-C). Gary received the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) Heart of Hospice Award for developing innovative programs to meet the needs of caregivers and the bereaved and is the recipient of the national social work organization Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network (SWHPN) Award of Excellence in Professional Education.

A frequent presenter and keynote speaker at state and national conferences, Gary  also works as a consultant for various businesses and healthcare organizations. He has been instrumental in the creation of the Social Work certification, APHSW-C, and served as Executive Director of the APHSW Certification Program this past year. 

Blue Logo.png

Online Film Screening & Discussion

November 19th at 2:00 pm


CaringMatters is proud to partner with WPSU Penn State and the New York Life Foundation to promote and screen, "Speaking Grief," a new documentary will help change the way we understand grief.  The film aims to create a more grief-aware society by validating the experiences of grievers and helping guide those who wish to support them. Speaking Grief features diverse representations of grief through candid interviews with families whose losses range from stillbirth to suicide. 


  • View the film online now (prior to the Nov. 19th online event)

  • Register for our exclusive panel discussion of the film, November 19th at 2:00 pm (Click button below) 

  • The film and the online discussion are free of charge

  • Registration is required

Panelists include:

  • Gilly Cannon, Director of Children's Bereavement Services

  • Dominique Duong, Development Director, New York Life Insurance Company

  • Jim Rossi, Director of Adult Bereavement Services.


Join the conversation! Together, we can get better at grief. 

Past Community Education Events Include:

  • Webinar: Grief and Self-Care in the Time of COVID-19

  • Webinar: Supporting Grieving Students After a Death: How We Can Help Them Build Resilience in a Time of Physical Distancing

  • Navigating Transitions for Your Loved One's Care

  • Nine To Ninety Film Screening & Discussion

  • Caregivers' Toolkit: Community Resources for Patients & Families Facing Serious Illness

  • Voices of Grief Film Screening & Discussion

  • Managing Grief in the Age of 24-Hour News & Social Media


CaringMatters provides social supports and community education so that no one dies or grieves alone.  


Phone: 301-869-HOPE (4673)

Registered Charity: 52-1591455

Sign Up for Our

Newsletter & Updates

United Way #8365 | CFC #42512
Platinum logo.PNG
© 2020 CaringMatters

CaringMatters is a 501(c)(3) non-profi­t organization registered with the State of Maryland, and our EIN is 52-1591455. A copy of our current ­financial statement is available by contacting CaringMatters, Inc. at 518 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 or at 301-869-4673. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary.