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Psychosocial, Bereavement and Spiritual Care

Title: Psychosocial, Bereavement and Spiritual Care at the End of Life: Realities, Responsibilities and Renewal   with Mary Raymer   

CE/CME Offered:

CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse and Social Worker

Member Price:  $35.00
Non-Member Price:  $70.00

Payment Options:
Length: 1.5 hours
This session was originally presented as a plenary session at NHPCO’s Caring for Mind Body and Spirit Conference in 2007.
This session examines a contextual framework for practice in America today.  It also identifies the leadership responsibilities and opportunities that are inherent in our professional roles. There are numerous societal issues, public perceptions and political realities impacting the delivery of care at the end of life. Psychosocial, bereavement and spiritual professionals’ contributions are more crucial than ever before. In these challenging times, it is important that we are clear about our roles and responsibilities and that we are contributing in healthy and meaningful ways to the end-of-life healthcare continuum.


  • Identify a contextual framework for care at the end of life
  • Articulate the importance of the role of psychosocial, bereavement and spiritual professionals
  • Discuss challenges inherent in the role of psychosocial, bereavement and spiritual professionals
  • Identify strategies for renewing our energies
Mary Raymer, MSW, LMSW, Raymer Psychotherapy and Consultation Services, P.C., Acme, MI
Mary Raymer, MSW, LMSW is a psychiatric social worker and marriage and family therapist who has served the terminally ill and their families for 27 years. Mary serves as president and chief clinician for Raymer Psychotherapy and Consultation Services, P.C., where she specializes in complicated grief issues and life-threatening illness. She has served in a variety of capacities in the hospice community including program CEO, Vice President and President of the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Board, political advocate, educator and consultant. Mary was the Social Work Chair for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for six years. In this role, Mary was responsible for the first national research project looking at social work outcomes in hospice care.
Mary was also one of three team leaders for the $450,000.00 Michigan Partnership grant to improve end-of-life care funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was in charge of the community resource project, which was responsible for identifying and improving access issues to end-of-life care for underserved populations. In this capacity, she has organized and facilitated focus groups in diverse communities and developed trainings and materials based on the input from each community interviewed. In addition to publishing book chapters and articles, Mary lectures extensively to a wide variety of healthcare organizations on psychosocial aspects of end-of-life care and other life transitions.
The Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has awarded her both the Hospice Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Hospice Leadership Award for her efforts in coalition building, advocacy, education and promotion of hospice care statewide. Mary is the recipient of a Project on Death in America Social Work Leadership Award and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s highest honor, the Heart of Hospice Award. She is also one of the creators of and faculty for the national Social Work End-of-Life Education Project.

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Faculty:  Mary Raymer, MSW, LMSW has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

CE/CME Credit Hours: Nurse: 1.5 Contact Hours
Social Work: 1.5 Contact Hours
Completion: In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase.  
CE/CME Info:

Nurse: NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity..

Social Worker: NHPCO is an approved provider of continuing education contact hours by the National Association of Social Workers (provider  #886414158). This education activity is approved for 1.5 hours determined by the content, and social workers are awarded continuing  education hours commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Release Date: 02/23/2010
Last Reviewed: 02/03/2016

Expiration Date:  


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