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Interprofessional Webinar Series:
Faith in Terms of Death and Dying

Funding Disclosure: No commercial funding has been accepted for the activity.

Date and Time: April 18, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM ET (Live)

Location: Online at

Facilitator’s Name and Title:
Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G, ACHP-SW
Social Work Manager
MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care


Sensei Robert Chodo Campbell, Founder of New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care

Peter C. Deluca, Owner/CEO of Greenwich Village Funeral Home, Crestwood Cremation and Funeral Services, and Beth Abraham Memorial Chapel

Wilfredo Garcia, D.Min., Th.M., M.Div., M.A., Chaplin, MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Patrick J. Marmo, Owner/President, Al-Rayyan Funeral Home, Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, De Riso Funeral Home, Frank J. Barone Funeral Home, International Funeral Service of New York, Inc., and Islamic International Funeral Services

Mostaque Chowdhury, President, Parkchester Jame Masjid, Inc. (Mosque)

Mary De Louise Roefaro, Licensed Funeral Director; Manager, Walter B. Cooke Funeral Home, NY, NY

Purpose: This webinar will help clinicians better understand the nuances of end of life and death affecting families from different cultures in their practice.


  1. Identify key approaches to use with patients and families when discussing planning for end of life with patients/families from three diverse faiths
  2. Examine cultural taboos and superstitions surrounding end-of-life/death discussion initiation and how best to address them sensitively
  3. Improve knowledge about death practices and bereavement needs of persons from three diverse faiths

Why Do I Need to Know This?
Dying and grief are uniquely personal and are influenced by who we are as people in alignment with our values and beliefs. By developing self-awareness of our cultural identity, distinct values and beliefs, life experiences, and practices surrounding end-of-life care, we can become more attuned to the practices and norms of other faith and cultural communities. We will learn from hospice chaplains and funeral directors from the Buddhist, Latino, and Muslim communities how to engage with patients and families around readiness for death, post-mortem care, and burial planning in a culturally sensitive and respectful way.

Target Audience:  Nursing administrators and managers, nurses, social workers, and healthcare coaches

Criteria for Successful Completion:

  1. Attendance at entire session
  2. Submission of completed evaluation form
  3. Social workers:  successful completion of a posttest (80% passing grade)

Continuing Education Credits: 1.0

Continuing Education Accreditation:

Nurses: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The Alabama State Nurses Association, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers: MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0242.


Individual:  Free (includes CE certificate)
Group:  Free (includes unlimited CE certificates)

Note to Groups:
If you plan to attend as a group, the group facilitator should register for the webinar. After registering, group facilitators will receive detailed email instructions on how to process CE credits for group attendees. Please email or call (212) 649-5500 with additional questions.

Attending by Smartphone:
No dial-in (i.e., listen only) connections are permitted for CE credit. To attend by phone, download and install the GoToWebinar App from the Apple Store or Google Play.

System Requirements for Computers and Mobile Devices:

Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G, ACHP-SW; Robert Chodo Campbell; Peter C. Deluca; Wilfredo Garcia, D.Min., Th.M., M.Div., M.A.; Patrick J. Marmo, Mostaque Chowdhury, and Mary De Louise Roefaro have no disclosures, have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in these materials. Any discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product will be identified.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, Faculty and Planner, has indicated a relationship with Tabula Rasa for research support.

No other Planning Committee Member has any disclosures.

Planning Committee Members
Lara Dhingra, PhD
Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhD, ANP-BC, ACHPN, FT
Myra Glajchen, DSW
Helena Knotkova, PhD
Russell K. Portenoy, MD
Karen Richards, PhD, EdS
Wini Schein, BA