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Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Personal and Professional Considerations Webinar-FREE

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March 31, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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March 31, 2021
4pm-5pm CT


Cara L. Wallace, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. Her research focuses on end-of-life care, specifically related to barriers to care, quality of care, and educating students, professionals, and the general population to face issues surrounding death, illness, loss, and grief. She coordinates SLU’s Interprofessional Gerontology Certificate program and teaches Values and Ethics and direct practice courses related to end-of-life, aging and healthcare. Dr. Wallace’s research and teaching are informed by years of practice experience in hospice and hospital systems, and she is the 2020 recipient of the Social Work for Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s Award for Excellence in Psychosocial Research. She is currently funded by NIH/NINR to study Live Discharge from Hospice Care and has published nearly 30 articles including publications in Journal of Palliative Medicine, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, and JAMDA, among others. She serves on several local and national end-of-life/aging focused boards and was recently selected as a 2020 recipient of the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program.

Hamish Seegers, MDiv, works as a professional Chaplain with BJC Home Health and Hospice.  He received his B.A. in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University as well as a Masters in Religion, a Master’s in Missional Leadership from Northwest Nazarene University, a Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Olivet Nazarene University, Four Units of CPE from Rush University, and a Palliative Care Specialty Certificate from California State University.  Hamish achieved Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain specialized in Hospice and Palliative Care from the Spiritual Care Association.  The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care. Hamish has a vast experience, leadership, and wisdom in working with people, team development, and administration.  Hamish works alongside others supporting those in need throughout his career as a chaplain and bereavement support.  Hamish is an Ordained Elder and ecclesiastical endorsement with the Church of the Nazarene.  He resides in St. Charles, MO with his wife and two children.

Sandy Dillon, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for over 20 years.  She currently works as a bereavement specialist with BJC Hospice providing grief support to clients and community members who have lost a loved one.  She provides individual counseling as well as facilitates grief support groups for spouse/partner loss and parent loss.  She also plans, organizes and leads Grief camps for kids and teens and retreats for mothers who have lost a child.  She is a member of the Greater St. Louis Hospice Organization and has presented at grief conferences in the St. Louis area.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted usual experiences of grief and modifications of approaches to support grief are needed. This presentation will help clinicians consider important aspects of grief related to the pandemic, discuss how key practices of advance care planning, quality communication, and provider self-care can help mitigate that grief, and provide space for questions and discussions related to managing grief both personally and professionally.


  1. To identify the context of grief for patients, families, and providers during changes due to COVID-19 over the past year.
  2. To describe professional strategies and resources for countering grief of patients and families through communication and advance care planning.
  3. To select systemic and personal strategies and resources for self-care to assist in countering grief of clinicians and healthcare workers.

More Information:

This webinar is FREE!
Please use your Medicare ID number for your membership number.
Registrants will receive the Zoom link and call in information the week of the training.
This is an intermediate level course.
No Nurse CE’s are provided for this training.
Social Worker CE’s are available for $10 each.
CME Credits are available for $10 each.

This webinar will be recorded. The recording will not offer CE credits. If you are not able to attend on the day of the webinar, please register like you are attending and MHPCA will send you the recording. Please email crystal@missourihospice.org if you would like the recording. 

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association, #1359, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association maintains responsibility for the program.  ASWB Approval Period: 2/28/2020–2/28/2023.   Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hours.

The AAFP has reviewed Grief During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Personal and Professional Considerations Webinar and deemed it acceptable for up to 1.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Elective credit. Term of Approval is from 03/31/2021 to 03/31/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.