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April 9: 'Spirituality and Ethics at the End of Life' Conference

Continuing education credits and lunch are included in $95 conference fee.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-1-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Chesley Center on Aging is holding a conference on “Spirituality and Ethics at the End of Life” from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at the Country Inn and Suites (1900 Premier Drive) in Mankato.

The conference is designed for family members, professional caregivers working in nursing homes or assisted living, social workers, chaplains, hospice volunteers, elder care staff, residential care services, educators and administrators.

The conference registration fee is $95 at the door, which includes lunch, conference materials and continuing education credit. The fee is $45 for hospice volunteers, full-time students and those whose age is 60 and older not needing continuing education credits. Online registration is available at: 2014 Palliative Care Conference Registration

The keynote address will be delivered at 8:40 a.m. by Christina Puchalski, director of the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health in Washington, D.C. Puchalski is also a professor of medicine and health sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. During the morning sessions, Puchalski and a panel of experts will discuss the inclusion of spirituality within health care, particularly as it relates to end-of-life and palliative care.

In the afternoon, the panelists will guide participants through a series of round-table discussions on current case studies where health care, the law and spirituality have interacted. Attendees will develop stated positions leading to a complete array of available responses.

In addition to Minnesota State Mankato’s Chesley Center on Aging, other conference sponsors include the Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, Hospice and the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, please contact Don Ebel, director of Minnesota State Mankato’s Aging Studies Program and director of the Chesley Center on Aging, by phone at 507-389-5188 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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