Premiere: “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s and Dementia”

Harbor Hospice, Mercy Health VNS & Hospice, and Ever Rest Funeral Home Partner to Premiere The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Open to the public and free to the community.  Harbor Hospice, Mercy Health VNS & Hospice and Dignity Ever Rest Funeral Home & Chapel are sponsoring an upcoming Teleconference.  “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s and Dementia” will premiere on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.  The event will take place at Central United Methodist Church at 1101 2nd Street, Muskegon, MI 49440.

When the diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, grief doesn’t wait for death. Grieving can begin in the doctor’s office when patients and families receive confirmation of illness. Over a span of what may be a decade, multiple losses associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia can become a pervasive part of everyday life for millions of patients, their families and friends. After the death, survivors’ grief may be complicated by the nature of a lengthy disease process that has changed their relationship with the deceased. Through a combination of candid, compelling interviews and live, in-studio discussion, experts will identify how medical and social service professionals can best help patients, families and themselves cope with loss and grief associated with these progressive illnesses.

3-hours of continuing education will be available for $15 through Hospice Foundation of America for nurses, social workers, counselors, funeral directors, clergy, and more. Please verify CE availability with your professional or state board approval and/or refer to HFA’s list of Board Approvals located at

To register or for more information: Go to and then “Search for events” at the top of the page.  Search for “The Longest Loss, Muskegon, MI” and click register. Free book to first 50 registrants

For more information call Elisa Downs at Harbor Hospice at 231.728.3442 or Kelly Bricker at Mercy Health VNS & Hospice at 231.672.4663 or email