Free workshop on May 14, 2019 and May 15, 2019

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About The Conference

Caring for families and community after a substance-related death (accident or suicide) is often fraught with complication. Addiction is frequently a health issue well known to those who love and care for the patient, leading to bereavement-related questions of guilt, regret, and anger. The illicit drug use-related or alcohol overdose deaths can often engender shame in family members and community persons who incorrectly believe, “Those things don’t happen here/to us.”

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543

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Who Should Attend?

This conference is for, but not limited to, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists, long-term care or hospice and palliative care professionals, volunteers, funeral directors and after care workers, nurses, and Stephen Ministers.


Dr. William G. (Bill) Hoy holds a clinical faculty appointment in Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. A popular speaker for groups of caregiving professionals across North America, Dr. Hoy has authored more than 100 journal articles, published papers, chapters and books.

Dr. Patti Anewalt is Director of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss at Hospice & Community Care where she oversees services for 9,000 bereaved adults, children and teens each year. The focus of Dr. Anewalt’s clinical practice, writing and teaching is on issues related to end of life, grief, compassion fatigue and crisis response, presenting at the national, state and local level.

Additional Information

Conference includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Lecture and conference materials
  • Continuing Education Credits (3 hours)
    • Hospice & Community Care is an approved provider of continuing Funeral Director’s education by the State Board of Funeral Directors.

Unmasking The Mysteries Tour

An informative tour of the funeral home and crematory will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar. This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask questions.


Ashley Smith Myers at (717) 393-9661, ext 1120 or

Conference Agenda

8:00 am – Registration

8:30 am – Introduction to the crisis we face

Common cultural myths about grief

Integrative model for the grief process

Strategies to support children and families

How drug overdose potentially complicates bereavement


11:45 am – Concluding Remarks

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference for local clinicians free of charge. Registration deadline is May 6, 2019. Confirmation with directions will be sent upon receipt of registration. Register early; space is limited.

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