Highmark Caring Place: Joint Provider-Grief Webinars- Little Matches: Finding Strength in the Dark- Enduring Material expires 3.1.24

How can we find light inside the dark maze of grief we navigate after the death of a loved one? How does the connection we shared with them continue and transform over time? This month, we welcome special guest Maryanne O'Hara, speaker, grieving mother, and author of numerous short stories and books, including Little Matches: A Memoir of Grief and Light, the newly released memoir of her daughter Caitlin's life, and her death at age 33 from cystic fibrosis.

The loss of Caitlin brought Maryanne face-to-face with life's deepest questions.  As she wrote her memoir, Maryanne also trained as a certified end-of-life doula.  Her work as an advocate for compassionate end-of-life care inspired her to develop a successful legacy writing workshop that helps participants engage in reflection and discussion about what they value most.  Maryanne will share her story of resilience and the discoveries she continues to make as she strives to live a purposeful and meaningful life that honors her daughter.

Learning Objectives

1|Explore the value of creative and expressive practices such as writing and art journaling to process grief and discover one's purpose.
2| Discuss the importance of life interviews and legacy work prior to and following the death of a loved one. 
3| Recognize the importance of the power of language to balance hope and realistic expectations and to navigate our own emotions as well as the emotions of others.
4| Engage in an experimental activity involving writing prompts and steps participants can take to conduct a simple and meaningful legacy interview with a loved one or with themselves.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance
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Joint Providership

This enduring activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through joint providership of Allegheny General Hospital and Highmark Caring Place.   Allegheny General Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Allegheny General Hospital designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5. AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . And 1.50 APA Credits.  Attendees should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a preapproved provider of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers, and can be used towards re-licensure.

*Enduring credit expires after two years from date of offering

Available Credit

  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 APA
  • 1.50 Attendance


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