Losing a Spouse to Cancer: Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with the Loss


Losing a Spouse to Cancer: Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with the Loss

Sarah T. Stahl, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Please join us for the next Brain, Behavior, and Cancer Seminar on February 19, 2020 when Dr. Sarah Stahl will present on Losing a Spouse to Cancer: Grief, Bereavement, and Coping with the Loss.

Losing a spouse during later life is a major life stressor that often leaves adults vulnerable to physical and emotional health problems including depression, disability, and reduced life expectancy. Spouses are essential partners in the care of individuals with cancer, yet systematic assessment of spouses bereaved by cancer are rare. The progression from cancer to death is experienced in different ways by different people. The grieving process often starts before the death of a loved one. Our team conducted a behavioral intervention to encourage a regular routine of self-care (sleep, meals, and physical activity) in recently bereaved adults who were at high-risk for depression. In this talk, Dr. Stahl will discuss the methods and results of this intervention with an emphasis on how to integrate spouses bereaved by cancer into clinical care and bereavement support programs.

Date & Time. February 19th, 2020, 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location. UPMC Shadyside, Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Conference Center Room A. The Cooper Conference Center is located on the ground floor of the Hillman Cancer Center, 5117 Centre Avenue, in Shadyside. After entering the building, walk to the left and take a right at the gift shop. The Conference Center is the next entrance on the left. 

For More Information. Please contact Darren Gilmartin at gilmartind@upmc.edu for additional information.

For Remote Access to the Lecture. If you plan to attend the lecture from a remote location, please use the following instructions:

Meeting Access: Web URL: https://meetme.upmc.com/HzfIjhShzl
UPMC Internal Video Meeting Room Number: 322453
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CME Faculty Disclosure. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials distributed at the time of the conference. 

Continuing Medical Education Credit. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .10 continuing education units (CEUs) which are equal to 1.0 contact hours.

Sponsored by The Biobehavioral Oncology Program and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center