Grief Education Classes to be held this Spring

  • March 27, 2012

Two grief education classes will be available to the community this spring.

A Living with Grief video conference focused on end-of-life ethics will be held Monday, April 30 from 12 - 4 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church Activity Center. The video conference is sponsored by United Retirement Center Avera and Brookings Health System.

The theme for the video conference includes ethical dilemmas at the end of life, principles of bio-medical ethics, and the effects of ethical decisions on patients, families and providers.

Cost for the video conference is $10; copies of the companion book, End-of-Life Ethics, will be available for $25. To register for the conference, please contact Pastor George Gehant by April 23 at or (605) 696-7505.

In addition, Brookings Health System will hold a five-week educational series, Understanding Grief, led by Mavis Gehant, social worker. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at Brookings Health System beginning April 12.

Class topics to be covered include understanding grief, factors that influence grief, grief and families, complicated grief, caring for one’s self, and rituals, memories and resources. The free class series is open to everyone. To register, visit or call (605) 696-7700.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at