Aug 27, 2014

Columbia State Offers Free Hospice Care Training

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Aug. 27, 2014) - - - Columbia State Community College's Center for Workforce Development is offering a free hospice training series for those preparing to handle end-of-life care.

"Living with Hospice - Part 1" includes the history of hospice care and identifies some myths surrounding it. Listen to discussions on the challenges of patients and families in hospice care and also receive information on eligibility for this program. The class will take place Sept. 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"Living with Hospice - Part 2" includes discussion of the qualities of pain and symptom management, identify the signs and symptoms of approaching death, identify psychological needs for dying patients and their families, and discuss the importance of advance care planning. This class will take place Sept. 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"Living with Hospice - Part 3" includes discussion of the difference between religious and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care and the importance of psychological and spiritual issues for dying patients and their families. This class will describe the role of the volunteer coordinator, volunteers in hospice care, and requirements for becoming a volunteer, as well as the bereavement program offered and the difference between pre-bereavement and bereavement. This class will take place Sept. 30 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

All of these courses will take place on the Columbia Campus, located at 1665 Hampshire Pike, and advance registration is required for each course. For additional information and to register for these or other continuing education courses through Columbia State's Center for Workforce Development, visit or call (931) 540-2659.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee's first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit

Tennessee's Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at

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