Save the Date for the 2019 Symposium | October 19, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 AM | Opening Session: Quality Care for All with Serious Illness - What Does It Take?

Speaker: Dr. Richard Payne


10:00 – 11:00 AM | Session 1: How do I access what I need for my aging parent?

Speaker: Deborah McBroom, Prince George’s County Department of Aging

Topic: Address points of access and availability of services in county.

11:15 – 12:15 PM | Session 2: Caregivers: Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Loved One

Speaker: Rosemary Allender, LCSW-C and Deborah McBroom, Prince George’s County Department of Aging

Topic: Address the needs of caregivers during the care of a loved one.

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Session 3: Thoughtful Endings - Planning Your Legacy

Speakers: Marcus Anderson, LCSW, Hospice of the Chesapeake; Aimee Griffin, Managing Attorney, The Griffin Firm; and Debbi McGlauflin, Hospice of the Chesapeake

Topic: Discuss different ways that one, when living or dying, can leave a permanent impact on their community and future generations.

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Session 4: We’re In This Together: Supporting the Needs of Children Through the Loss of a Loved One - CEU

Speakers: Polly Mizani, M.Ed., CCLS, Chesapeake Kids and JoAn Monplaisir, MSW, LCSW, Chesapeake Kids

Topic: When a loved one is approaching the end of their life, children may be deeply affected by the changes they observe and perceive within their family. Questions, worries, and difficult feelings may arise. Children need honest information, the freedom to express emotions, and the opportunity to be meaningfully involved in their loved one’s final days. The adults in the child’s life can make a critical difference in the child’s ability to cope with loss and change. In this pragmatic and interactive presentation, participants will broaden their knowledge of the psychological and emotional needs of children throughout a loved one’s end-of-life transition. We will discuss practical ways that caring adults can support children when a loved one becomes seriously ill, while a loved one is approaching the end of their lives, and after the loss occurs.


10:00 – 11:00 AM | Session 1: In Winter Deep: An Exploration of Grief in the Older Adult - CEU

Speaker: Roberta Rook, LCPC, Chesapeake Life Center

Topic: By the year 2030, roughly 20% of the U.S. population will be aged 65 or over. Individuals in this age group are more likely than any other to experience loss and transition of every type. However, the grief they experience, both for themselves in physical decline and illness, and for those they have lost, is often not well understood. While the lived experiences of older adults can present challenges for them as they grieve, these demands can also contribute to resilience and perspective. This workshop is designed to help deepen the caring professional’s understanding of grief in older adults and ways to respond to it.

11:15 – 12:15 PM | Session 2: Creating a Dignified Dialogue: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Ethical Decision Making at the End of Life - CEU

Speaker: Shahid Aziz, MD, Chesapeake Palliative Medicine and Rudolph Willis, MD, Chesapeake Palliative Medicine

Topic: Talking to patients and families about end-of-life issues can be difficult. This session will focus on practical strategies as well as basic principles of communication that can help develop trust between the physician, patients and families, and provide better care for patients and their loved ones.

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Session 3: Critical Care, Critical Choices

Speakers: Eric Bush, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hospice of the Chesapeake and Imran Siddiqi, MD Critical Care Medicine, University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center

Topic: Physicians will share from their experience as physicians who work in Palliative Medicine and Critical Care.

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Session 4: Different Boats, Same Tumultuous Sea: Family Interventions for Grief and Loss - CEU

Speakers: Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C, Chesapeake Life Center and Joy McCrady, LGPC Chesapeake Life Center

Topic: When a member of a family dies, not only are individuals deeply impacted so too is the family unit. Family members grieve in different ways, frequently in ways that are difficult for other family members to understand. Often there is a shift in family roles and though difficult to navigate, these shifts can be opportunities for change. This session will draw on family systems theories and incorporates creative interventions and clinical examples.


10:00 – 11:00 AM | Session 1: Reconciling Faith and End of Life

Speakers: Renee Norwood, Chaplain, Hospice of the Chesapeake; Dr. Alvin Reeves, Southern Maryland Hospital Center; and Pastor Victor O. Kirk, Sr., Sharon Bible Fellowship Church

Topic: Professionals discuss the challenges and synergies of faith and end of life in our communities.

11:15 – 12:15 PM | Session 2: Caring for Veterans at the End of Life in Our Communities

Speakers: Kathleen A. Bixby, MSN, RN, CHPN

Topic: Discuss the unique challenges of Veterans living will illness at the end of life.

1:00 – 2:00 PM | Session 3: Loss without Closure: Supporting Families Navigating Traumatic, Stigmatized and Unresolved Grief - CEU

Speakers: Susan Coale, LCSW, Chesapeake Life Center and Amy Stapleton, LCSW, Chesapeake Life Center

Topic: Discuss ambiguous loss, a term that refers to family members being lost physically or psychologically without verification of death. Without the finality that death brings, grief is ongoing, sometimes for a lifetime. This workshop will focus on strategies for support for educators, social workers, counselors, therapists, clergy and other professionals who work with families. The goal is learning to live with the ambiguity, not only from disaster or illness, but from the more common ambiguous losses in families through divorce, remarriage, incarceration, adoption, foster care, immigration, dementia, addiction and more.

2:15 – 3:15 PM | Session 4: Thoughtful Endings: The Value and Execution of Critical Directives

Speaker: Stephanie Trifoglio, MD, Geriatric Medicine and Genevieve Lightfoot-Taylor, BSN, MSN, CFNP, CHPN, Chesapeake Palliative Medicine

Topic: Physicians serving geriatric populations discussed the value and execution of critical directives including advance directives, MOLST and Living Wills, etc.


3:15 – 4:00 PM | DocTalk: Q&A with Physicians