Providing Spiritual and Pastoral Care During COVID-19

On-Demand Webinar
1.5 Complimentary CE Credit Hours Available
Spiritual care is a significant aspect of the clergy’s role. The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that traditional pastoral care to the dying and the bereaved is limited, and faith gathering and rituals, including worship and funerals, are constrained. In addition, healthcare professionals who are providing direct care for patients and families are struggling with their own spiritual questions and concerns in the face of this pandemic. Spiritual care becomes more challenging to offer just when it is most needed.
Rabbi Gary Fink, Reverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins, and Dr. Kenneth Doka will offer approaches to assist clergy in providing spiritual care under the adverse conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as address how organizations can better support all of their team members.

1.5 CE hours are available from a variety of boards until 4/21/21.
Click here for Board Approvals List.
Click here for Program Information Sheet.
Click here to view the program slides.
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Continuing Education available through 4/21/21
Instructions for obtaining your CE certificate:
1. Go to https://educate.hospicefoundation.org (if this is your first HFA certificate, click “Create a new account”)
2. Enter the CE Code (the code is provided at the end of the program)
3. Complete the exam (you must pass at 80% or above and may retake the exam as many times as needed)
4. Choose your board category and board
5. Complete the program evaluation
6. Download and print your certificate
Please email educate@hospicefoundation.org if you have any questions.


Doka.jpgKenneth Doka, PhD, MDiv, is Senior Bereavement Consultant to HFA and the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). A prolific author and editor, Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. He is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and is the recipient of The International Work Group on Dying, Death, and Bereavement’s prestigious Herman Feifel Award and ADEC’s Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Death Education.

hfa-Gary-Fink-pic.jpgRabbi Gary S. Fink, DMin, is proud to serve as Senior Vice-President of Counseling and Family Support at Montgomery and Prince George's Hospices in Maryland, leading the Chaplaincy staff and supporting the Bereavement and Volunteer Departments. He has participated as a presenter for HFA programs, Spirituality and End-of-Life Care, Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End-of-Life, and Legacy and Spirituality.  Rabbi Fink earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Howard University School of Divinity concentrating in end-of-life care and counseling, and taught for ten years in the Thanatology Graduate Program at Hood College in Frederick, MD. He served 26 years in congregational ministry, and was named Rabbi Emeritus of Oseh Shalom Congregation in Laurel, MD. Current community activities include partnering with the American Muslim Senior Society to create programs providing advanced care for life-limiting illness.

Wanda.jpegReverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins, Bereavement Services Manager, Vitas Healthcare, has worked in healthcare for more than forty-five years as a nurse, chaplain, and bereavement/volunteer manager. For her groundbreaking work with families of sudden death and homicide, she was awarded the Miss Clairol Take Charge Award, the National Association of Social Worker’s Public Citizen Award, the National Council of Negro Women’s Tribute to Black Women Community Leaders, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Black Health Conference Nursing Award. Reverend Wanda is the author of Just Us: Overcoming and Understanding Homicidal Loss and Grief, and Hard Work: A Guided Journal for Survivors of Murder Victims. She writes workbooks for individuals coping with death and loss. Wanda is featured in several videos: At Death’s Door, Beyond Death’s Door, and Children Grieve Too. She was a panelist on the Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference on Diversity and End of Life. Reverend Wanda has two adult children and four grandchildren.

This program and continuing education are complimentary.
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