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An Understanding of Ritual at End of Life

Title: An Understanding of Ritual at End of Life with Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN, C.T.

Credit Available:

Nurse, Physician, and Non-Physician Healthcare Professional 

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

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Length: 1.0 hours

The purpose of this course is to explore the use of ritual at the end of life and to understand the role rituals play in meaning making and healing for dying individuals and those who remain present with them throughout the experience.


  • Describe and identify rituals at the end of life
  • Identify the role rituals play at the end of life
  • Identify the benefit of rituals at various points in the dying-death trajectory
  • Assist individuals in the creation of ritual that will be meaningful to them

Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN, C.T.

Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN, C.T. is Director of Education and Training at the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. She received her BSN from the State University of New York at New Paltz, an MSN from Hunter College, and is a PhD candidate at Adelphi University. Ms. Fleming-Damon is AACN Board Certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and NBCHPN Board Certified in Palliative Care. She holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Thanatology, and is a Board Certified Thanatologist by the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC). Ms. Fleming-Damon is an Adjunct Professor /Clinical Instructor in Palliative Care for Graduate NP Students at Mount Saint Mary College, and an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University in Community Health Nursing. She was a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for 12 years, and she has more than 15 years of teaching experience.


Faculty: Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN, C.T, has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planners:  Barbara Bouton, MA, FT; Colleen Fleming-Damon, PhDc, APRN-BC, ACHPN-BC, CT; Steven R. Gardner, MPA, PAHM; Myra Glajchen, DSW;

Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC; Karen Richards, PhD, EdS and Judith A. Skretny have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Russell K. Portenoy, MD, has disclosed a relationship with Pfizer Inc. for departmental research grant support. 

CE/CME Credit:

Nurse: 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 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 1.0 contact hour. Nurses should claim only the contact hour 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: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and MJHS. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is accredited by the ACCME 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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