Advancing compassionate, comprehensive care of children with life-limiting conditions.
2020 Conference Webinar Series
Caring for the Caregivers
The Children's Palliative Care Coalition of Michigan has hosted a statewide conference every November for the last 5 years. With the unfortunate circumstances we all find ourselves in these days due to Covid-19, we are not be able to put on a large group meeting in East Lansing this year. In its place, we are hosting a 4-part series of interactive webinars centered on the theme Caring for the Caregivers. The Webinar series began in *September, and will be held once each month for the remainder of 2020.
Our next webinar, held on Tuesday, December 3 from 12-1 pm, is "Mindfulness for the Caregiver". In this session, Kurt Scholler will share a little about how mindfulness can benefit the professional and family caregiver and will offer some suggestions about how to incorporate the practices into daily life. Kurt used these practices as a long-term family caregiver, a volunteer family education trainer and full-time business manager before he started teaching them. The session will address a number of caregiver-related aspects of mindfulness...read more here.
November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month
November is Children’s Grief Awareness Month, and November 19th is Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Check out the links below for information, resources and activities to help children as they grieve the loss of a special person(s) in their lives.
Dying in Your Mother's Arms
We're pleased to bring you this New York Times award winning documentary, "Dying in Your Mother's Arms". If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, Dr. Nadia Tremonti, a palliative care physician in Detroit and CPCC Board Member, has made it her mission to make it better. It’s not easy. But she works to ensure that terminally ill children receive quality end-of-life care. Palliative care is sometimes misunderstood to shorten life expectancy, but it’s a method that increases quality of life, improves symptom burden and decreases medical costs. We follow Dr. Tremonti in the short documentary above as she works to make death less medical and more human. In the process she asks a critical question: When a child is terminally ill, how can we make the end of life a better one?
COVID 19 and Palliative Care
The current coronavirus pandemic has caused great disruption in normal life for all of us. The executive board of the Children's Palliative Care Coalition of Michigan wishes continued health and strength to cope to all of our members, to our supporters and to your families as this uncertain future unfolds. A high priority, especially health care providers, is that you follow the most up-to-date information and guidance on protecting yourselves and your loved ones and your colleagues. If your professional role is to help seriously ill children and their families, we hope that most of you can remain available to support those who need a sympathetic ear, a shoulder to cry on, or your thoughtful advice. Good sources of information are:
Thanks for your continued support of the coalition's mission: To help seriously ill children and their families.
Ken Pituch, MD
President, Executive Board
Children's Palliative Care Coalition of Michigan
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How you can help
Learning that your child has a life-limiting illness can be devastating. It can be confusing and overwhelming to begin to understand what you may need medically and emotionally. Navigating the system along with your own feelings can be challenging and frustrating. Many parents want to seek out as much information as possible.
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We work to improve access to and quality of palliative care for children suffering life-limiting conditions. We aim to make it easier for families to find the guidance and support they need when navigating the complexities of caring for their child. More...
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A SAD LOSS TO OUR COMMUNITY
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our co-founder and administrator, Richard Graham-Yooll.
Please read our tribute to Richard to find out more about who he was and what he did for our community.