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Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice’s 2015 ‘Now and At the Hour of Our Death’ workshop Oct. 23

Marlton based Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice announced its 9th annual “Now and At the Hour of Our Death” 2015 educational workshop on end-of-life issues from a Catholic perspective.

The workshop will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 at St. John of God Community Services Campus located at 1145 Delsea Drive, Westville. Registration, light dinner, and fellowship will take place from 5–6:30 p.m.; educational program will run from 6:45–9 p.m.

Consider the Catholic Conversation is presented by Via Lucis — the Samaritan Ministry for Catholic Patients and Families — in collaboration with The Dioceses of Camden and Trenton.

Using segments from the award-winning documentary, Consider the Conversation: A documentary on a taboo subject, an expert Catholic panel will facilitate discussion on the American struggle with communication, and physical, emotional, and spiritual preparation at the end of life.

“The film’s goal — and that of our program — is to jump-start meaningful conversations between husbands and wives, doctors/healthcare professionals and patients, clergy/lay minis­ters and parishioners, and parents and children. This powerful evening promises to provide inspiration, resources and new-found insights to help participants think, talk and act on advanced care issues, and to facilitate living life to its fullest up to the final moment,” says Samaritan Via Lucis Chairperson Bro. Thomas Osorio, OH.

Panelists include: Samaritan staff Marianne Holler, DO, MSW; Susan Cedrone, MSW, LCSW; Chaplain Elizabeth Warner, MS, BCC; and Fr. Joseph Monahan, TOR of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center; and Bro. Thomas Osorio, OH, of St. John of God Community Services. Panel facilitator is Samaritan’s Director of Communications Carol Paprocki, MA.

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The seminar has been approved for two contact hours for nurses and 1.75 continuing education hours for Catholic chaplains, but is open and appropriate for healthcare professionals of all disciplines, chaplains, priests, religious, deacons and lay ministers, family caregivers, funeral directors and pastoral care personnel of any faith who minister to Catholic patients and their families.

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