Helping adolescents cope with loss


RUTLAND -- Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) is partnering with its sister VNAs in Manchester and Bennington to present "Helping Adolescents Cope with Loss," a program that will focus exclusively on the issues that adolescents face as they cope with loss.

Adolescence is a significant developmental period during which adolescents form identity, independence, and intimacy. Illness and loss profoundly influence these processes. Moreover, adolescent encounters with loss are likely to be traumatic-deaths by accident, suicide, and homicide. This program explores the ways that healthcare workers, hospices, educators, social workers, counselors, clergy, funeral directors, and other professionals can assist adolescents as they cope with loss.

Three hours of continuing education (CE) will be available through Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) for nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists, funeral directors, clergy, and more. The CE cost is $25 per person.

Sponsored by Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH), Manchester Health Services and VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the presentation will feature the HFA webcast, followed by a 30 minute local presentation. The event will be held Thursday, May 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Manchester Health Services, located at 5468 Main St. in Manchester Center.

To register for this event, please contact Mary Pleasant, Hospice Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator at 802-442-5502 or at

The Hospice program at Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice provides care, comfort, and support for those in the final stages of life and for their families. To request hospice care support or grief counseling, to volunteer or to learn more about services offered by RAVNAH Hospice, call 802-770-1575 or visit


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