Intimacy and Sexuality During Illness and Loss - Self Study

Holistic treatment of individuals who are terminally ill or bereaved should include the needs of the whole person. Yet the most basic of human desires, those that include intimate and sexual relationships, are frequently avoided, dismissed, or unaddressed by healthcare, social service, clergy and bereavement professionals. Patients, family caregivers, and clients can be inhibited by the deeply personal nature of intimacy and sexuality and often do not raise concerns with professionals.  
In this Living with Grief® 2020 program, Hospice Foundation of America identifies barriers to intimacy and sexuality for terminally-ill persons and the bereaved. The program emphasizes the knowledge and skills that professionals must have to sensitively address intimacy and sexuality and suggests interventions that can help dying and bereaved persons address these elemental human needs.


  • Ken Doka, PhD, MDiv, Sr. VP of Grief Program for HFA and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Death Education and Counseling Read more
  • Carrie Arnold, PhD, FT, MEd, RSW, CCC, Assistant Professor, Thanatology, King’s University College at Western University Read more
  • Alua Arthur, JD, death doula, attorney, and the founder of Going with Grace Read more
  • John Cagle, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work Read more
  • Moderator: Frank Sesno, George Washington University Read more

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I appreciated the humanness and professionalism of the presenters. I appreciated that human diversity was interwoven throughout.

One of the BEST presentations I have seen. This is very relevant and the presenters were knowledgeable and transparent.

Overall, very well done!  Frank Sesno asks the greatest questions and is so compassionate

This was one of the best panels I have ever seen. All were knowledgeable and open about this vital topic. Thank you.

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