National Hospice & Palliative Care Month

Workshops at the Missoula Public Library

Free. Open to the Public.

"To fully and authentically affirm life, we must affirm all of life, including dying, death and grief."
Dr. Ira Byock

Partners Hope Foundation, the organization creating a dedicated hospice facility for Western Montana in collaboration with Partners In Home Care, and partners invite you to learn and discuss a range of end-of-life and advance care topics important to our community. We welcome all community members across life stages and professions.

LOCATION: All events held in the 4th Floor Cooper Room, Missoula Public Library, 455 E Main St. Free parking available in the library parking lot and on nearby side streets.

Dr. Ira Byock

Living Well, Dying Well with Dr. Ira Byock

in partnership with the UM Humanities Institute’s Reimaging Death series

Wednesday, November 2, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM, will share his life work and insights as a leading palliative care physician, author and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. Dr. Byock is the author of three books, Dying Well (1997), The Four Things That Matter Most (2004) and The Best Care Possible (2012), which have become standards in the field of hospice and palliative care. His latest book, tackling the crisis surrounding serious illness and dying in America and Byock’s quest to transform care through the end of life, won the Annual Books for a Better Life Wellness Award.

Dr. Byock is Founder of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence St. Joseph Health, a 50-hospital health system. He lectures nationally and internationally and has been a featured guest on national television and radio programs.

Dr. Melanie Rose Trost & Jennifer Detienne Paul

Advance Care Planning with Dr. Melanie Rose Trost and Jennifer Detienne Paul

in partnership with Tamarack Grief Resource Center and Partners In Home Care

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Whatever our age, we all live with the possibility of experiencing a debilitating injury or illness. Advance care planning, often called advance directive, opens a conversation with our loved ones and medical professionals about our healthcare wishes when we may be unable to state those wishes for ourselves. That guidance can provide our circle of care with the loving gift of knowing how to proceed when decisions may be difficult to make. This workshop will enable you to start the conversation.

Melanie Rose Trost, PhD, LCSW, CT, (pictured above) is a Grief Specialist at Tamarack Grief Resource Center providing counseling for individuals and families who are living with loss and change. Jennifer Detienne Paul, BS, RN, (pictured below) is an Advance Care Planning Consultant with Partners In Home Care.

Chaplain Dan Dixson

Storms of the Heart: Our Journey with Grief with Chaplain Dan Dixson

Wednesday, November 30, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

When there is death, grief comes to share our journey of life and experience. It can be a difficult companion and at the same time a comforting partner. This presentation will look at the nature of grief as it companions us on the journey after a death or other loss. Chaplain Dan Dixson will discuss ideas that have been learned about grief in recent years and how we can navigate the paths ahead as grief accompanies us.

Dan Dixson, M.Div., RBCC, CT, is a retired hospital and hospice chaplain and bereavement specialist. He now provides education and consultation around the areas of end-of-life, death and grief.

Skye McGinty
Dr. Melody Cunningham

NEW DATE: Hospice care in rural and Native communities with Skye McGinty and Dr. Melody Cunningham

in partnership with All Nations Health Center

Wednesday, December 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Join Skye McGinty (pictured above), executive director of All Nations Health Center, and Dr. Melody Cunningham (pictured below), a hospice and palliative care medical specialist, to discuss hospice and palliative care in rural Montana and for Native communities. McGinty and Dr. Cunningham will cover a range of topics including access to telemedicine in rural areas, community caregivers who can assist with providing quality end-of-life care, and the challenges and desires of individuals who are dying to remain in their homes. They will also discuss Montana’s aging population, serious illness demographics and access to pediatric hospice care.

Save the Date for December: 35th Annual Tree of Life Ceremony

Partners In Home Care graciously hosts its 35th annual Tree of Life ceremony honoring the lives of loved ones who have passed. Acknowledging that the holidays can be especially difficult for those who have recently said goodbye to loved ones, the Tree of Life ceremony offers a way to express grief through the season while offering meaningful words and images. The ceremony takes place both in-person and virtually this year, including the lighting of the Hospice Tree of Life in Rose Park.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
6:00 p.m.
Tree Lighting at Rose Memorial Park
6:30 p.m. Service at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 202 Brooks, Missoula, with reception following

Virtual gathering and service online at

Tree of Life ceremony hosted by Partners In Home Care