Dying to Talk [S-19-16]

Presenter: Mary Jones, Samantha Jones
Location: Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley
Classes: 2 Sessions 1.5 hours
Dates: Wed 9:00 AM 04/03, 04/10

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In this class, we will have conversations about facing death and embracing life. Learn about planning ahead to ensure peace of mind and protect you and your family, including advance care planning and funeral planning.

Mary Kelly Jones, BSW, CT. has worked for Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley for over 25 years. She is the Director of Family Support Services where she supervises Hospice Chaplains, Social Workers, Volunteer Manager, Community Educator and Bereavement Staff. She has certification in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and counseling. She also serves as chair of the St. Lawrence County Suicide Awareness Coalition and is chair of the St. Lawrence County Community Services Board. Mary and her team support schools when there is a death of a student/staff member and she has developed a grief education program for school counselors and principals called “When Grief Comes to School.” She also is an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Potsdam.

Samantha Jones is a graduate of SUNY Canton with an A.S. in Business Administration and B. S. in Technology in Health Care Administration. Samantha Jones completed her senior internship with Hospice. She also worked as a Health Educator and Program Director for 11 Prairie Family Resource Center in Burlington, Colorado. She joined the Hospice Team after returning to the North Country, assisting the QUAPI and Community Relations departments. Samantha became the Marketing and Outreach specialist for Hospice and now is the new coordinator of Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program.

NOTE: Visit for recommended reading (not required for class):


Consider viewing the PBS Documentary "Passing On." 

Cap: 30

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