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

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​Upcoming Webinar

​Voice Your Choice:
Preparing for Health Care Emergencies

​Monday, February 22, 2021  10:00 am - 11:00 am​​

​Presented in partnership with

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​Now more than ever, it is important to have a conversation with your health care provider and those who matter most to you about your health care values and wishes before an emergency happens. Creating a plan will empower you, your doctors, and your family members to have your values and preference honored.

This process of planning ahead is called advance care planning. Advance care planning is identifying and writing down what type of health care you would want and naming a person (called a healthcare agent) who can speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. Without an advance care plan or a healthcare agent loved ones and doctors may make decisions that don’t reflect your wishes.​​​

Voice Your Choice is a community-based program that offers free webinars that provide a step-by-step process to support you in identifying a healthcare agent and completing a plan to make your wishes known in advance of a health care crisis. Voice Your Choice also provides access to a free online tool to make it easy to complete a plan and accessible in an emergency.

During this webinar you will learn more about advance care planning and how to create an online plan or upload an existing plan.

Valoria Walker is the Advance Care Planning Trainer for the Voice Your Choice program at the Jewish Social Service Agency. In her role, she develops advance care planning (ACP) training and delivers ACP training to community partners. Valoria has a passion for promoting ACP and won the grand prize at the 2019 Boom Conference Pitch Competition for her ACP presentation. She received her Master's in Management of Aging Services from the Erickson School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She is Advisory Council to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and serves as Diversity Advisory Council for the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).

​Presenter: Valoria Walker

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Upcoming Virtual Workshop

At A Loss: An Online Writing Workshop on Grief

Wednesday, March 10, 2021  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Note: This workshop is limited to 25 participants.

Grief has a habit of rendering us mute. But when we put our sadness into words, we tap into the healing process and begin to make sense of our pain. Writing our grief can reveal the darkest corners of our loss, or simply put tears on paper.

In a workshop led by essayist Karen Paul, read works from authors who write about grief, write from prompts, and share your words with the group. This will be a safe, comfortable, and supportive writing and sharing environment.

Karen Paul is an essayist and memoirist whose work has been published in Lilith, The Washington Post, Modern Loss, and other sites. She hosts grief writing workshops, is currently studying creative non-fiction writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and is writing a memoir on illness, loss and widowhood.

​Presenter: Karen Paul

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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 "Speaking Grief" below and then view the recording of CaringMatters' September 10th online film discussion, featuring  panelists, Gilly Cannon, Director of Children's Bereavement; Jim Rossi, Director of Adult Bereavement; and Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation.

More grief support resources and videos are available at

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.  


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Registered Charity: 52-1591455

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