2013: Values, Ethics and Culture at End of Life
The 6th annual Caring Coalition Conference was held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield on March 13, 2013. This accredited conference drew 883 attendees for a day-long event entitled Values, Ethics and Culture at End of Life. Nationally known speakers included political reporter and editor Eleanor Clift who discussed “How Americans Confront Death”; Dr. Richard Payne, professor of medicine and divinity at Duke University, shed light on holistic palliative care with his talk “Your Patient is Unique”; Dr. Joanne Lynn, hospice physician and policy advocate who focuses on shaping national health care policy for Altarum Institute examined “The Frailest Seniors: Our Sacred Obligation”; The keynote speech, “Must We Ration Health Care at End of Life,” was given by bioethicist Dr. Arthur Caplan of New York University.
A panel of local experts discussed the ethnic and cultural practices valued by patients and families facing serious and terminal illness. “Cultural Competency at End of Life” focused on how followers of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Eastern religious traditions approach end-of-life situations. Dr. Michael Paletta, medical director of Hospice of Michigan, moderated. Panelists included Rabbi E. B. Freedman, Najah Bazzy, RN, Ann Suziedelis, PhD, and Father Carl Buxo.