Professional Learning Networks

Professional Learning Networks

Our Professional Learning Networks bring community professionals working in the North Okanagan together to connect and learn about a variety of topics relating to end-of-life.

On a regular basis, we offer live streamed webinars in our boardroom located upstairs at Hospice House at 3506 - 27 Avenue in Vernon.

Below is a list of the upcoming 2019 webinar series presented by the Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, UBC Okanagan and the Hospice Foundation of America.

Everyone is welcome to attend the sessions which are held in our upstairs Boardroom at NOHS.

To reserve your seat, contact Phyllis at 250-503-1800 ext 101 or email:


Children Experience Grief too: Supporting Children through the Dying and Death of a Family Member

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenter: Candace Ray, ME.D., CAGS - Candace is the Director of Services and Operations at the Lighthouse for Grieving Children in Oakville, Ontario where she oversees the provision of bereavement support services for over 350 participants annually and coordinates community education and training initiatives. With over 30 years in social work and public education.
Candace has supported children and their families facing a range of life challenges in both community and educational settings. Candace serves on the development team of Canadian Virtual Hospice’s Kids Grief and is a founding partner of the Child and Youth Grief Network. She holds a Master’s degree and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education from the University of Vermont.

She will:

  • Discuss key factors to consider when talking with and supporting a child/teen to prepare for the death of a close family member.
  • Identify considerations and activity ideas for use with children or teens to assist in saying goodbye to their special person and to encourage continuing bonds. Explore considerations for assisting the surviving parent/caregiver in supporting their child/teen.

Funerals and Beyond: Using Rituals to Support Grieving Youth

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Pamela Gabbay, Brad Speaks, Kenneth Doka, Hospice Foundation of America

Rituals represent one of the oldest and most resilient tools that humans have used to deal with death. Even in Neolithic times, there is evidence of elaborate rituals used to bury the dead. Even rituals can be a powerful tool to help children and adolescents deal with loss. This webinar explores the ways that funerals and therapeutic ritual can support grieving youth.

Living with Grief® Program - Surviving Loss in Later Life

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Brian DeVries, Pat Murphy, Kenneth Doka, Hospice Foundation of America

Managing Difficult Family Dynamics During Illness and Death
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

The very definition of hospice care centers on family-centered care. Yet this can be very complicated when dealing with difficult or dysfunctional families during the crises of a family member’s terminal illness. This webinar assists hospice and other professionals in assessing difficult families and offers strategies for effectively working with such families as they cope with illness and loss.

Best Practices in Counseling Survivors of Sudden and Traumatic Loss
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 AM
NOHS Boardroom

Presenters: Terese Rando, Bret Moore, Hospice Foundation of America

Sudden and traumatic loss complicates the grieving process. In this webinar, participants explore factors unique factors in sudden and traumatic loss as well as effective strategies for assisting survivors of such devastating death.




2014-2015 session topics include:

  • Helping Adolescents Cope with Grief
  • Effective Grief Groups for Adolescents
  • Grief in Youth Suicide
  • Helping Families Cope with Conflict at End-of-Life
  • Adolescents and Traumatic Loss
  • Adolescents and Life Threatening Illness

Grief & Loss Learning Network

2014-2015 session topics include:

  • Grief and Loss: Beyond Death
  • Helping Individuals Grow Through Grief
  • Real Men Don't Cry