2018 Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care & Hospice Conference

October 23 & 24, 2018

The newly renovated Holiday Inn, 1951 US41, Marquette

Please join Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice for an energetic, invigorating conference where great minds come together–physicians, nurses, professionals across disciplines and caregivers–to explore, learn and improve care for patients.

Special Caregiver Sessions specialized education for family members, home health aides, CNAs.

Keynote Presentation – The Honorable Cheryl Hill, J.D. “Legal Issues: Conservatorships, Guardianships, DPOA, Living Wills”
Tuesday, 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. Open to the public at no charge.

For more information, click here to email or call (906) 225-7760.

Click here to download a schedule.


Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – Day 1

9:00 – 10:00 am – Registration

10:00 – 10:15 am – Welcome: Sue (Kitti) Rutkowski / Julie Higbie

10:15 – 11:05 am – Depression at the End of Life: Mary Tobin-Anderson, MD

11:15 am – 12:05 pm – Delirium: Larry Skendzel, MD

12:15 – 1:05 pm – Comfort at the End of Life–Integrative Medicine: Lisa Long, MD

1:05 – 2:15 pm – Lunch (provided)

2:15 – 3:05 pm – Panel Discussion – Real Stories: Jim LaJoie, MBA Elle Schellhase, MA, Krista Clumpner, MFA

3:15 – 4:05 pm – Concurrent Sessions

A1.  A Peaceful Journey Home: End of Life Doula: Amy Matteson, MFA
A2.  Pharmacy Update: Tyler Jenema, PharmD
A3.  Anticipatory Grief: Rev. Chuck Tooman

4:15 – 5:05 pm – Concurrent Sessions

B1.  Shadowlands: Challenges at the End of Life – Guilt, Fear, Loss, and Reconciliation in Hospice and Palliative Care: Jon Magnuson, MDiv, MSW
B2.  Hospice 101: Louise Wilcox, RN, CHPN
B3.  Final Rites of Passage: Exploring Self Acceptance, Culture and Meaning at End of Life: Amy Matteson, MFA

5:15 – 6:15 pm – Community Keynote SpeakerLegal Issues: Guardianships, DPOA, Living Wills: Cheryl Hill, J.D.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – Day 2

7:30 – 8:00 am – Breakfast and Registration

8:00 amWelcome

8:10 – 9:00 am – Cannabinoids and their Role in Palliative Care: Sheetal Acharya, MD

9:10 – 10:00 am – Finding Meaning at the End of Life: Mike Grossman, MD & John Magnuson, MDiv, LCSW

10:10 – 3:00 pm – Concurrent Sessions

C1.  A Peaceful Journey Home: End of Life Doula: Amy Matteson, MFA
C2.  Compassion Fatigue: Catherine Macomber, PhD, LMSW
C3.  Hospice House: Pat Bray, Mike Lutz, Tracey Hold, Alicia Burgess

11:05 am – 12:05 pm – Lunch (provided)

12:00 – 12:50 pm – Concurrent Sessions

D1.  Anticipatory Grief: Rev. Chuck Tooman
D2.  Hospice Care in Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Facilities: Cory Miller, RN
D3.  The Neuroscience behind Pain: Liz Peppin, PA

1:00 – 1:50 pm – Concurrent Sessions

E1.  Fostering Resilience in the Grief Journey: Rev. Leon Jarvis
E2. The Neuroscience of Pain: Liz Peppin, PA
E3.  Tai Chi: Jon Magnusson, MDiv, LCSW

2:00 – 2:50 pm – Concurrent Sessions

E1.  Compassion Fatigue: Catherine Macomber, PhD, LMSW
E2. Final Stages of Death from teh Family’s Point of View: Mary Soper, BSW
E3.  Shadowlands: Challenges at the End of Life – Guilt, Fear, Loss and Reconciliation in Hospice and Palliative Care: Jon Magnusson, MDiv, LCSW

2:50 – 3:00 pm – Final Remarks and Evaluations

Downloadable Conference Brochure


Fill out the form below. You may also print a Downloadable Registration Form here, fill it out and mail with your payment to:

Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice
Attn: Julie Higbie
914 Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI 49855

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You can also call us with your credit card information at (906) 225-7760.


General (Now - 10/15/18) $150Late (after 10/15/18) $175Tuesday Only $100Wednesday Only $100Caregiver/HHA/CNA or Verified College Student $50

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