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Supporting Patients and Families Through the Dying Process

Date and Time

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
12 - 4 p.m. ET

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of four (4) continuing education hours.

Registration will close at midnight of the day before the class.

Familiarizing ourselves with how to help people who are dying and those around them increases in importance as our population ages and the country experiences health threats.  Supporting our clients facing their own or others’ dying process requires us to have general knowledge about that process; to understand our own reactions to death; and to know how, when and whether to help. Our ability to empower and comfort our clients around the deaths they are experiencing is strengthened by our knowledge and our own confidence in addressing these topics.

This class will review the symptoms of pre-active and active dying and how to help the family at the bedside manage these. We’ll consider what people who are dying want and fear, and how these concerns may change over the course of their dying. We’ll explore how decision making and communication affect the patient’s dying experience, including considering how hope and a poor prognosis interact. Participants will be invited to share their personal and professional introductions to death. We will also consider our strengths and weaknesses as advocates. Finally, we will practice some easy exercises to help ourselves remain grounded despite the whirlwind of emotions around us.  


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the symptoms of pre-active and active dying.
  2. Name the major fears and hopes of people who are dying.
  3. Recognize how the history of an individual’s experience with death may affect their response to the current experience.

Jennifer HalpernJennifer Halpern, PhD, LMSW, APHSW-C


Jennifer Halpern is a senior medical and certified palliative social worker, based at the Oncology Support Program (OSP) of the Westchester Medical Center Network/Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley. Jennifer supports both inpatients and outpatients. She is the Psychosocial Coordinator for the hospital’s Cancer Committee and is the Chair of the Ethics Committee. She is on the Board of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN), where she serves on the Education Committee. Recently, Jennifer coordinated and directed the Study Guide for the APHSW certification exam. Jennifer received her doctorate in social psychology/organizational behavior from UC Berkeley. As an assistant professor at Cornell University, she taught undergraduates and professionals. Jennifer’s publications focus on communication, negotiation, and decision making. She authored two chapters in and co-edited Debating Rationality: Nonrational Aspects of Organizational Decision Making (Frank W. Pierce Memorial Lectureship and Conference Series; ILR Press.), and recently published an article on cognitive heuristics in decision making during the pandemic in the Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care. She has volunteered, been a social work intern for, and provided business consulting services for Hospicare of Tompkins County. A move to the Hudson Valley led to her current position with the Oncology Support Program, a unique community-oriented program that recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Volume discounts are not applied at checkout. They will be issued as a refund.

  • Full Tuition - $120
  • GSS Alumni - $100
  • Current Fordham Field Instructor - $100
  • Current Fordham Adjunct Faculty - $100
  • SWHPN Member - $100
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $80 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $80
  • Veterans - $80
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $80
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $60
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $60
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class by the day before the class. You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at at least a few days before the class.