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Living with Grief: Diagnosis—Prolonged Grief Disorder

On Demand through April 15, 2025. Register by July 12, 2024.

AMOREM, your local, non-profit hospice and palliative medicine provider, in partnership with Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home, will offer Hospice Foundation of America’s (HFA) annual Living with Grief® Virtual Program, Diagnosis—Prolonged Grief Disorder, on demand through April 15, 2025. Registered participants will receive a program link, downloadable handouts, and a payment code for 2.5 continuing education credits, if desired.

The 2.5-hour program highlights prolonged grief disorder as a new addition to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed., text rev.) (DSM-5-TR). Panelists will explore the nature of the disorder and, using a case study approach, examine the diagnosis of the condition, when to refer for treatment and effective evidence-based approaches to treatment.

Frank Sesno, former CNN anchor, will lead the panel of noted authorities that includes: Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv; Wendy Lichtenthal, PhD, FT; Sonya Lott, PhD and M. Katherine Shear, MD.

This program will be practical for individuals and all levels of professionals—entry level, intermediate or advanced. The information provided will be useful to healthcare clinicians, social service clinicians and others working in hospice, palliative care, counseling, hospital, nursing home, funeral home or faith community environments. 2.5 hours of continuing education credits are available at no cost to participants until April 15, 2025, through HFA for nurses, social workers, counselors, clergy and more. For HFA’s list of board approvals, go to

The complimentary presentation and CE credits are provided as part of the community grief support services of AMOREM because of their belief that it can improve quality of life and with the support of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home. Registration is required by July 12, 2024. To learn more about this program or to register, contact Lisa Caviness, director of public relations, at 828.754.0101 or

Good Mourning Children's Grief Camp

Thursday, July 25, 2024
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
274 Archie Carroll Road, Boone, NC

Thursday, August 1, 2024
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC

Thursday, August 8, 2024
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC

Drop off is 7 to 8 a.m. and pick up is 5 to 6 p.m. for each event.

AMOREM will offer three opportunities to help grieving children. We may not recognize their grief because children express grief differently from adults. When children experience death, they may think they are the only ones in the world who have ever lost a mom, dad, grandparent or other loved one. At Good Mourning Children’s Grief Camp, children will learn that they are not alone, their feelings are normal, and it is okay to remember their loved ones.

AMOREM’s annual Good Mourning Children’s Grief Camp will be on Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 137 Moonstruck Lane, Boone, NC; on Thursday, August 1, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC; and on Thursday, August 9, 2024, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC. Drop off is 7 to 8 a.m. and pick up is 5 to 6 p.m. For more than 20 years, children ages six through 12 who are grieving the loss of a loved one have been invited to spend a day devoted to remembering and healing through grief related activities. Through age-appropriate activities, children will gain a better understanding of grief and realize they are not alone. As they talk, draw, write, listen, and laugh, children can find the healing tools they need.

Good Mourning Children’s Grief Camp, presented by Ashewood Grief Support Services, is provided at no cost to participants due to the generosity and support of the community, and is facilitated by AMOREM staff and specially trained adult and teen volunteers. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Ashewood Grief Support Services, grief support care of AMOREM, helps individuals of all ages and their families cope with the loss of people they love. Grief support services are provided at no cost to the community, even to those with no affiliation with hospice services. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register for grief camp, contact Director of Grief Services Kimberly Setzer, MSW, LCSW at 828.754.0101, email, or visit Download registration form here.