August 20, Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ People in End-of-Life Care

Everyone deserves dignity and respect as they receive palliative and end-of-life care regardless of who they are and who they love. Currently, there are an estimated 11 million Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ). Unfortunately, due to a lifetime of stigma and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals often fear that health and social service providers will be indifferent to their sexual orientation and gender identity, or worse, hostile. These fears are not unwarranted and lead to avoidance of end-of-life care. In order to address the needs and concerns of all clients, it is necessary to provide sensitive and culturally aware care. Through better understanding of the LGBTQ community, language, pertinent policy, and best practices, participants will leave with a better understanding of how to support LGBTQ individuals, their care partners, and their families nearing the end of life. This is a Gateway End-of-Life Coalition Workshop. Click here for the Flyer.  Click here to Register.

October 13-15, 2019 Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care

The Midwest Regional Conference on Palliative and End of Life Care is sponsored by the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association.   The conference is designed to assist health care professionals in understanding health care issues when treatment changes from curative to palliative care.  Palliative care focuses on comfort and quality of life rather than cure and prolongation of life.   Palliative care is the foundation of hospice services, however, the principles are applicable to any setting where care is being provided to the terminally ill. Click here for the Conference ProgramClick here for a link to the Calendar and Registration.

Monthly Caregiver Classes

Classes for those caring for their loved one — personal and professional insight from BJC employees who care. Each class is individually tailored to meet the needs of those in attendance.  Classes are the second Tuesday of the month, from January-December, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Classes and materials are free to the public. Attend any classes that are right for you. Classes don’t need to be taken consecutively and do not build on each other. To register, call: 314-996-LIFE or Click here to download a class flyer.


Remaining 2019 workshop date is October 15.