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Understanding the Patient's Experience: Outlining Anticipatory Grief

Title: Understanding the Patient's Experience: Outlining Anticipatory Grief with Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC, CHPCA

CE/CME Credit Available:

Counselor, Nurse, Physician, and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional 

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

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Non-Physician Healthcare Professional Certificate

Length: 1.0 hour

This course was originally presented at NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA’s 2015 Virtual Conference entitled Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

Many of us are aware that grief is a normal part of every loss we experience, but grief does not only appear after the loss.  Anticipatory grief is the form of grief that occurs when one is confronted with a chronic or life threatening illness or when one anticipates the death of a loved one (or oneself). This session will provide a generalized overview of anticipatory grief, theory behind this phenomenon and ways to implement theory into practice with patients and families.


  • Present a generalized overview of grief and loss before and after a patient’s death
  • List the impact of anticipatory grief from a dual perspective
  • Identify three interventions that can be used to address anticipatory  grief

Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC, CHPCA

Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, CHPCA, MT-BC is the director of The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH. She has served on the Steering Committee of the NCHPP Bereavement Professional Section since 2008, and currently serves as the Section leader. She previously sat on the Board of Directors for the Certification Board for Music Therapy. Diane oversees hospice and community bereavement and expressive therapy for Hospice of the Western Reserve. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator and a Board Certified Music Therapist. Diane has presented on music therapy and grief and loss locally and throughout the country. She has been published on both music therapy and grief and loss in text books, professional journals and on-line sites. Diane strives to provide support and education to grieving individuals and those who work with them.


Faculty: Diane Snyder Cowan, MA, MT-BC, CHPCA has no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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

CE/CME Credit Hours: Nurse:  1.0 Contact Hours
Social Worker:  1.0 Contact Hours
Physician:  1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
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 access to the course for 90 days from the date of purchase.
CE/CME Info:

Counselor: NHPCO is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.


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 1.0 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.


Physician: The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals: 
For participants* whose disciplines are other than counselor, nurse, physician, and social worker, you may request a Certificate of Participation for Non-physician Healthcare Professionals to submit to your accrediting bodies/licensing boards for continuing education credit. This certificate will indicate the Webinar was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. It is the responsibility of participants to submit the certificates to their accrediting bodies/licensing boards for approval. Unfortunately, NHPCO cannot guarantee its acceptance. To receive this certificate, you must complete all CE/CME requirements and indicate your desire to receive this certificate on the evaluation form. *including bereavement professionals, finance professionals, physician assistants, spiritual care givers, etc.

Release Date: April 30, 2017

Expiration Date:  

April 30, 2020

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