Casa de la Luz Foundation Annual End-of-Life Education Conference

| By Jodi Horton

Be inspired as Frank Williams, Ph.D., offers practical wisdom for individuals whose lives have been affected by loss and grief at the 13th annual Casa de la Luz Foundation end of life educational conference on Nov. 8 at St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The theme for the day is Healing Journeys: Pathways Through Loss and Grief. The one-day conference features a keynote address from Williams and workshops led by nationally known and local experts.

“At the heart of the journey through loss and grief is the individuality of our grieving,” said Williams. “Everyone grieves differently. I will explore this and other aspects of the journey and how we can enhance healing, and in that process, how we can be a healing presence to others.”

Williams is an expert on loss, grief, and life transitions. He is an ordained United Methodist minister, former faculty at The University of Arizona, and the former executive director for Family Counseling Agency/Our Family Services. Williams is the founder of the Divorce Recovery program and a founding board member for Casa de la Luz Foundation.

Scheduled workshop presenters for the event are Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson of Casa de la Luz Hospice and assistant professor for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona; Dr. Michael Marks of the Southern Arizona VA; Rabbi Sam Cohon, senior rabbi for Temple Emanu-El; and Kristine Bentz, Life Cycle Celebrant and home funeral guide. Devorah Coryell presents the day’s closing session, exploring rituals of grief in relation to time.

The conference is open to the public. Continuing education credits are offered for social workers, nurse practitioners, nurses, and care home managers. The cost is $75, and includes continuing education credits, breakfast, and lunch. Register now at

About Casa de la Luz Foundation

Casa de la Luz Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2000 whose mission is to acquire and dispense funds in support of end of life care. The Foundation extends support to dying individuals and their families and provides education about the end of life experience to the community. The Foundation accepts donations year around. For more information, contact Carol Clark at (520) 544-9890.

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