2018 MNHPC Fall Forum

Grief and Hope in Life's Intersections: Multiple Responses to Dying and Grieving People

featuring Ted Bowman, MDiv

Friday November 16, 2018 | 8:00 AM- 3:30 PM
Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121

MNHPC Members: $120 for the first attendee, $110 for each additional attendee from the same organization
Non-members: $170 for the first attendee, $160 for each additional attendee from the same organization

Compassionate and skillful practitioners* must be adaptive to do their work well.  Not only are the situations of disruptive changes, illness, dying and death widely variable; the ways people grieve are many. Further, families are rarely dealing with one thing at a time. Even as dying is occurring, someone else may have lost a job, be receiving addiction treatment, moving house, or giving birth.

Ambiguity requires flexibility. Both generalist caring and response to a specific facet of loss are often necessary. Further, disrupted roles and routines can add to spiritual distress.

In this experiential workshop, the best of palliative and hospice adaptive caring for the range of presenting behaviors will be addressed.  Attention will also be given the well-being of the practitioner.  For if the practitioner is unhappy or distracted, he or she cannot help many people.

*Practitioner refers to any and all volunteers and professional providing grief and bereavement care.


By the end of this educational activity, learners will be able to:

1) describe and apply perspectives and tools for losses in context; attention to the

possibility of multiple losses within a family even while someone may be dying

2) distinguish conspicuous or tangible losses including dying AND psychosocial,

spiritual and meaning losses

3) name and discuss various tools of communicating with grieving persons, some

which were reinforced in the workshop, others added

4) develop a plan for continuing use of the content and process of the workshop

Target Audience

The Fall Forum is intended for hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers and all members of the interdisciplinary team.

 About the Presenter

Ted Bowman is a family and grief educator. His history with hospice and bereavement care includes numerous workshops for MNHPC, 22 years of work in the UK with adult and children’s hospices, and presently an advisor to Crescent Cove, the pediatric palliative care and children’s hospice in Brooklyn Center.

He is now an adjunct professor teaching grief and loss courses at the University of Saint Thomas School of Social Work.   For over 35 years, he has led workshops throughout the United States and other countries.

Ted Bowman is the author of more than 100 articles, chapters, booklets, and poems. His booklets, Loss of Dreams: A Special Kind of Grief and Finding Hope When Dreams Have Shattered are well-known resources about grief and loss.  A volume of poetry, The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks, all by Minnesota poets addressing themes of loss and renewal, co-edited by Ted, was released in 2010.



This continuing nursing education activity was approved for up to 5.75 contact hours by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Social Work
This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work requirements and is approved for 5.75 clock hours. (CEP#490)

Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn

$116 + tax/night (Double/King rooms available). Rate expires on 11/2/2018. 

Garden Grille & Bar restaurant on site

Indoor pool and fitness room

Free Wi-Fi

Free shuttle service to the airport, Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Mall of America, and Eagan Community Center

Click Here to reserve a room or call the hotel directly at 651-686-4605 and mention that you would like to reserve a room for the Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care event.