The New Milford Visiting Nurse Hospice program will host two showings of the 19th annual Hospice Foundation of America Teleconference.

Screenings will be presented May 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. and May 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at the NMVNA at 68 Park Lane Road (Route 202).

Each year the teleconference addresses a different aspect of grief and bereavement. This year's topic is "Ethical Issues and End of Life Care."

The conference is open to all health care workers, clergy, social workers, volunteers and interested members of the general public.

Topics to be discussed will include ethical decision making, principles of bio-medical ethics, surrogate decision making, artificial nutrition and hydration, palliative sedation, children and adolescent patients, cultural values and beliefs and grief reactions of families and care providers.

CEUs are available, but those wishing to obtain CEUs must attend the May 8 broadcast to be present for a panel discussion.

The panel discussion will feature internationally renowned medical ethicist, speaker and writer Daniel O'Hare, Ph.D. will be joining our local discussion panel this year.

Other members of the panel will include Dr. Joan Puglia, chairwoman of the Ethics Committee at New Milford Hospital; Kathy Leier, a registered nurse and hospice nurse; and the Rev. Chris Sakis, hospice chaplain.

For more information and pre-registration, call Mary Peilter at 860 354-2216.