Webinar: How Hospice and Palliative Care Can Support Military Families

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Course Available

Many military families may be caring for someone with a life-limiting illness and may wonder about how hospice and palliative care might help. Ryan Weller, National Program Manager of Palliative & Hospice Care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will address some common questions and break down some common misunderstandings of what this type of care can provide, especially for veterans. Carlos Graveran, Executive Director of Hospice of Frederick County and an Army veteran, will share his experiences providing military families the dignity and honor they deserve as they face life’s end.

This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.




Ryan Weller

Ryan Weller, LCSW, APHSW-C

Ryan Weller is the National Program Manager for Palliative and Hospice Care in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Previously, he was the palliative care social worker at the Portland, Oregon, VA for 18 years. He is also the President-Elect of the Advanced Palliative & Hospice Social Work Certification (APHSW-C) Board of Directors.



Carlos Graveran


Carlos Graveran

Mr. Graveran has more than 30 years of experience in various facets of the healthcare industry. He currently serves as Executive Director, Frederick Health Hospice, a non-profit hospice agency in Frederick Maryland. Prior to his current appointment in July of 2016, he served as vice president of operations for a national for-profit hospice agency and has held various other leadership positions in the hospice, home health and pharmaceutical industries. He is a passionate advocate for hospice and end-of-life care with demonstrated knowledge of hospice operations, leadership, financial management and strategy development. He has been described as a team-builder, excellent mentor and teacher by both his colleagues, and staff. In addition to his in-depth knowledge and passion for hospice, he is also committed to building collaborative relationships and partnerships to better his community. He serves on the Board of Directors for several charitable organizations and enjoys giving back to the community as a volunteer to children's charities and veterans causes. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, camping, hiking, hunting and travel. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Carlos is also a very proud U.S. Army veteran (Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division).

Program Details

This webinar is free and open to the public. Continuing education credit is not available.


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.