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Past Community Education Events

Past Event Highlights


'Being Mortal' Film Screenings

Hospice Caring teamed up with Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) to present free screenings of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal, accompanied with follow-up discussion panels. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.  Attendees learned what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have these conversations ahead of a medical crisis.

Interfaith Panel on Beliefs around Death and Dying

119 clergy and community members attended our Interfaith Panel on Beliefs around Death and  Dying with panelists Rev. Dr. Joan E. Beilstein, Rector of the The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Silver Spring, Rabbi Gary Fink, Senior Vice-President of Counseling and Family Support for Montgomery Hospice, Imam Nehal Shahi, of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, and Venerable Bhante Katusgastota Uparatana, founder and High Priest of the Wheaton International Buddhist Center. 

This event was provided as part of Hospice Caring's Seasons of Caring Community Education Series that aims to open the conversation to things that matter around loss, grief and death and to equip the Montgomery County community with the tools to make educated end of life decisions.

Empathy in Patient Care Training

More than 150 medical and mental health professionals, hospice volunteers, and community members attended our training on Empathy in Patient Care: When Treating People with Life Threatening Illnesses. This event was the official launch of Hospice Caring, Inc.'s Community Education Division.

The collaborative effort between Hospice Caring, Aspire Counseling, and the Universities at Shady Grove provided participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own healthcare experiences and how they affect their interactions with patients. Speakers shared personal perspectives and tools to foster mental wellness during and after an illness and at the end of life. 

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