Pain Management at the End of Life: It's More Than Medication


This conference will provide a holistic understanding of pain management at the end of life. Sessions will discuss pharmacological therapies, opioid use for pain management, mindfulness and self-care, and the interactions between pain and behavioral health. It will introduce clinical interventions for pain management including mindfulness exercises and a pain management toolkit. 

Conference Objectives:

At the end of this conference, participant should be able to:

  • List three main categories of pain and three classes of medications to treat pain
  • Describe the concept of total pain
  • List three modalities of complementary therapies
  • Understand the recent trends of opiate use in end of life care
  • Articulate the etiology of pain at the end of life
  • Assess pain holistically
  • Demonstrate skills using holistic, non-invasive pain relief techniques for patients
  • Gain an understanding of safe and effective integrative therapies
  • Describe mindfulness and the research that supports it
  • Understand the use of a Holistic Evidence Based ToolKit 

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is designed for: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, Educators, Psychologists, Hospice Personnel, Clergy, Chaplains, Lay Ministers, and others caring for people toward the end of life. 


8:00 - 8:45am: Registration, Breakfast, Vendors
8:45 - 9:00am: Welcome, Logistics, Presenter Introduction
9:00 - 10:30am: Keynote: Dr. Dan Maison, “Pain Management at the End of Life”
10:30 - 10:45am: Break, Vendors
10:45 - 11:45am: Dr. Maison (continued)
11:45am - 12:45pm: Lunch, Vendors
12:45 - 1:45pm: Carol Hendershot, “Self-care for the Caregiver”
1:45 - 2:00pm: Break, Vendors
2:00 - 3:30pm: Barb Meconis, RN, “Role of Integrative Medicine in Pain Relief: Assisting the Sacred Passage”
3:30 - 4:00pm: Closing, Evaluations, Vendors

About the Speakers:

Keynote Speaker:

Daniel Maison, MD, FAAHPM, HMC - Associate Chief Medical Officer, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
Dr. Maison is the lead physician for Aspire Health in Michigan. He is a board certified internist and palliative care physician. Prior to joining Aspire, Dr. Maison has spent his entire career in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He was most recently the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Community Health Accreditation Partner. He completed his residency at California Pacific Medical Center (where he also served as Chief Resident). He attended medical school at the Georgetown School of Medicine. 

Dr. Maison's presentation will explore pain at the end of life, emphasizing both physical and non-physical pain. Ways to treat pain, including both pharmacological and complementary therapies, will be discussed.

Additional Presenters:

Carol Hendershot  - Self-care for the Caregiver
Life is tough; workplace stress, family stress, and the stress we put on ourselves to constantly get more done. We know that it is important to take care of ourselves, but in the face of so many competing demands, we often put ourselves last. Extensive research has shown that mindfulness and self-compassion help us replenish our energy and keep us calm, engaged, and kind.

Carol has been teaching the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course in the Greater Grand Rapids Area since 2008 and has led hundreds of students through the program. Her certification is from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she has completed extensive professional training. She has also completed training in Mindful Self-Compassion, Interpersonal Mindfulness and Mindful Eating. Carol founded and directed Expressions of Grace Yoga from 2003 through 2012 and has been a certified yoga teacher for more than fifteen years. 

Barb Meconis, RN - Role of Integrative Medicine in Pain Relief: Assisting the Sacred Passage
This workshop will offer practitioners of the end of life health care team a method to assess pain holistically and explore the natural mechanisms within the body. It will focus on integrative medicine, offer a Holistic Pain Relief Toolkit, and explore ways to integrate allopathic and natural methods of treating pain to assist the patient at the end of the physical life.

Barbara Meconis has completed graduate work in public health from Michigan State University and held certifications in case management and intravenous infusion. She has completed Level II course work through the Colorado Institute of Healing Touch, Level III course work in Energy Healing through Healing in America, Level I toward Medical Intuitive Certification, Health Coaching coursework, Aromatherapy coursework, Advanced Certification in NAET since 2005 and Certification in Auricular Acupuncture. Barbara has designed and presented a vast scope of programs. 


Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 8:00am - 4:00pm


Prince Conference Center
1800 E. Beltline SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546


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