2012 Online Summer Series on Aging

Language of the Heart: Empowering the Dying and Grieving

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.75
    • Other: 1.75
    • CPHCE: 2.00
    • CHES: 1.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Aug 1, 2012
  • Expires: Jul 31, 2018
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)  45 Minutes
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (16 Ratings)


G Jay Westbrook G Jay Westbrook, MS, RN, CHPN
Clinical Director
Compassionate Journey
Northridge, California

Needs Statement

Professionals working with clients who are approaching death may have difficulty either speaking about the "elephant in the room" or letting go of language that reinforces the power imbalance of "professional/patient" interaction.

Target Audience

Physicians, dietitians, certified health educators, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, nursing home administrators, therapeutic recreation, and anyone interested in gerontology.


Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:

  • List ways to integrate spiritually and emotionally empowering tools into conversations with those approaching the end-of-life;
  • Give examples of how to lead and engage in culturally sensitive and culturally appropriate conversations when meeting with clients or patients and their families about end-of-life issues;
  • Identify the primary barriers to effective communication and how to overcome each of those barriers.


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 1.75 hours of participation.

University of Kentucky College of Public Health certifies that this educational activity was designated for 2.00 hours of Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) credit. This course is approved for continuing education by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. ()

The Department of Public Health, Western Kentucky University has been designated as a Multiple Event Provider (#KY0022) of Category I continuing education contact hours in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program has been reviewed and approved for up to 1.50 Category I entry level contact hours in health education for event #61007-E.

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. No speaker will discuss the off-label use of a product.

Review Date

July 1, 2015