Member of:
Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) NHPCO Quality Partner
NHPCO Caring Connections Workplace Outreach Partner

30th Anniversary Celebration:

September Events:

September 13, 2017:  6:30PM-8:00pm: Grief: What Helps When it Hurts? 

Speaker- Dr. Kenneth Doka
Rainwater Conference Center, FREE admission & 1 CEU offered

Description:  This session explores the ways that grief affects us – including physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Grieving a significant loss, whether by a death or separation, affects not only the way that we feel but also the ways that we think and behave.  While each of us is different, there are things that we can do to help those around us and even ourselves as we cope with loss, an inevitable though painful part of both love and life.  There are signs that we should be aware of, as well, that we or those we care about may need the help of counselors, clergy, or support groups as we cope with especially complicated losses.

Objectives:   At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the varied ways we may experience grief;
  2. Understand the factors that make the experience of grief very individual – recognizing that every individual grieves in his or her own way;
  3. Explore and utilize their own strengths and resources as they cope with loss.
CLICK HERE to Register!

September 14, 2017- 8:15AM-3:30PM: Challenging the Paradigm: New Understanding of Grief (Full day workshop)
Speaker- Dr. Kenneth Doka
Rainwater Conference Center, Registration Required- CEUs available (SEE LINK BELOW)

Description:  This presentation explores the most current theoretical perspectives on loss and grief, emphasizing six areas where understandings of grief have been challenged and developed.  The presentation would be useful to a range of professionals who counsel persons who are bereaved including psychologists, counselors, clergy, social workers, nurses and other health care workers, as well as educators, teachers and school-based personnel.  In addition, it would benefit individuals who offer education on loss, grief, dying or death. 


At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the process of grief, noting grief manifestations and factors that influence the grieving process;
  2. Discuss six challenges to current understandings of grief;
  3. Describe contemporary research on grief interventions;
  4. Discuss the goals and techniques of individual, family and group interventions;
  5. Given case studies, select and defend appropriate interventive strategies;
  6. Discuss the value of ritual and describe four different types of rituals.

October Events:

October 5th 13, 2017:
Medical Ethics at the End-of-Life Provider Dinner (Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants)
Speaker: Dr. Jason Lesandrini

Valdosta Country Club, RSVP required/ 1 hour of CME available

October 6th 13, 2017: 8:15AM-3PM:  Medical Ethics at the End of Life (Full day workshop)
Speaker: Dr. Jason Lesandrini
Rainwater Conference Center- Registration Required, CEUs available (SEE LINK BELOW)

Medicine has evolved tremendously, reshaping circumstances and decisions around end of life decisions and futile treatments.  This workshop will cover end-of-life ethics in situations such as decision making, physicians’ roles and responsibilities, and advanced directives.  The workshop will include a review of recent literature on end of life issues and offer discussion of cases around futility, inappropriate requests from surrogates, and roles of surrogates.  The workshop will also include a review of ethical standards in resolution of ethical issues at end of life including palliative care and ethics consultation.  This workshop will reference ethics codes from the American Counseling Association and the Georgia Composite Board for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists.

Program Goals

1. Understand ethical decision making processes and relevant ethical standards applied to end-of-life care.

2.  Apply ethical decision-making strategies to situations involving futile care at end-of-life

3.  Identify ethical issues that may arise at end-of-life


1.  Identify when and where ethical issues are likely to arise during end-of-life care

2.  Develop strategies to resolve ethical issues at end-of-life

3.  Apply ethical decision making processes to situations that arise at end of life, based on current models and considerations, including requests for futile care

November Events:

November 9th 13, 2017:  30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
Rainwater Conference Center
Speaker:  J. Don Schumacher, PsyD

Description:  Mark your calendars to come and celebrate Hospice of South Georgia's 30 years of compassionate care to our community!  Former CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Don Schumacher, will speak, and we will also look back at our story and all the amazing community leaders who helped our organization through the years. MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!

Workshop Registration

Grief Workshop with Dr. Kenneth Doka:

Regular admission: $90.

Click HERE to register!

Medical Ethics at End of Life Workshop with Dr. Jason Lesandrini:
Regular admission: $90

Click HERE to register!

If you prefer to register for these Workshops by phone, please call (229)433-7006. Please print this 30TH REGISTRATION FORM  and mail your payment to Hospice of South Georgia: 2263 Pineview Dr. Valdosta, GA 31602.


Lodging Options:


Hampton Inn & Suites (Located directly beside Workshop Conference Center) 

2 Meeting Place
Valdosta, GA 31601
***Hampton Inn & Suites is offering you a group discount of $79/night for each workshop- When you make your reservation, use the Group Name: SGMC Hospice

Holiday Inn Valdosta Conference Center

(0.5 miles away from Workshop Conference Center)
1805 W Hill Ave
Valdosta, GA 31601

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson

(2 miles from Workshop Conference Center)
1308 N Saint Augustine Rd
Valdosta, GA 31601

Hilton Garden Inn Valdosta

(2 miles from Workshop Conference Center)
1702 Gornto Rd
Valdosta, GA 31601

Days Inn Valdosta

(0.5 miles from Workshop Conference Center)
1827 W Hill Ave
Valdosta, GA 31601