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

Understanding Your Choices for Your End of Life Care

Thursday, November 4, 2021  10:00 am - 11:00 am

As we observe November as National Hospice Month, join us as we discuss aspects of hospice, palliative care, related cultural considerations and important community-based resources to guide decisions and provide support. Understanding all of the options for end of life care can help individuals and families plan ahead to honor the values and wishes of their loved ones.

The webinar will discuss:

  • Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

    • What are the differences between the two and how does the caregiver’s role change? 

  • Cultural sensitivities at end of life, especially with respect to the Latino community. 

  • What to expect when someone is actively dying?

  • Community-based resources

Speaker: Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, PhD


Dr. Izquierdo-Porrera is the co-founder and current Executive Director of Care for Your Health. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and focuses on serving multicultural communities, with special emphasis on delivering high quality, patient-centered care to vulnerable, underinsured and elderly patients. She is also a member of the CaringMatters Board of Trustees.

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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 - ​Voice Your Choice: Preparing for Health Care Emergencies

  • Webinar - Speaking Grief Film Discussion

  • Webinar - LGBTQ+ Seriously Ill Seniors: Opportunities for Better Care

  • 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