Community Education -  Webinars

Our Community Education programs facilitate constructive conversations in the community about loss, grief and other end-of-life issues. 

Thank you to our Community Education Funding Partner

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For information on Community Education, please contact

Leigh Bluestein, or 301-990-7927

The End-of-Life Doulas: A Collaborative Approach to End-of-Life Care

Thursday, April 28, 2022

This informative webinar discusses how the end-of-life doulas work collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team to support the needs of people at the end-of-life, while assisting their family members through the journey. The speakers present two case studies and share their experiences both as volunteers and professional community doulas hired for pay.

Presenters: Valoria Walker, Doula by Destiny and Erin Collins, Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Grief Support for Yourself and Those You Care About

January 25, 2022

This webinar was presented by CaringMatters in partnership with

Montgomery County Public Schools Employee Assistance Program.

Grief is a normal and natural response to loss that we all experience at some point in our lives.
However, we don't always know how to best support ourselves and others who are grieving. Nothing
will take away the pain of grief, but there are ways to build resilience and things we can do to better
cope in the midst of grief.


This webinar is a straightforward discussion of grief, including tools and strategies for coping and
building resilience and ways to match our words and actions with our good intentions towards
anyone grieving the loss of someone close to them.


Topics include: 

  • Grief and the impact of Covid

  • Tools and strategies to help support yourself, your loved ones and your community

  • Online resources and reading recommendations

  • Children's grief and strategies for parenting while grieving

Grief in the Workplace:

Guidance for Employees and Employers

December 15, 2021

"How are you?"   This question has become more difficult to ask and answer during the pandemic. With employees returning to workplaces, it's important to consider how to make our words and actions match our good intentions of supporting those who are grieving. 

This insightful free webinar covers:

  • Grief and the impact of Covid

  • Strategies for navigating workplace scenarios:

    • The experience of front-line health care workers

    • Coworkers grieving the death of a colleague

    • Returning to work while grieving

    • Supporting the grieving colleague

  • The impact of grief on workplaces, both healthcare and non-healthcare locations

  • Examples of Employee Assistance Program support throughout the pandemic

  • Lessons from grief and mental health programs instituted by Adventist Healthcare

This free webinar was funded by the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation.



Jim Rossi
Director of Adult Bereavement Services



Nicole D'Uva
Associate Vice President

Employee Health & LifeWork Strategies

 Adventist HealthCare

Understanding Your Choices for Your End of Life Care

Thursday, November 4, 2021

As part of our observance of November as National Hospice Month, this webinar discusses 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 explores:

  • Key aspects of palliative care vs. hospice care

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

  • What to expect when someone is actively dying

  • Community-based resources

Presenter: 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