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underwritten by

Emmanuel Hospice Lowell Fund of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Join us Friday, March 12 at 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for a virtual symposium broadcast live from Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids!

A symposium bringing together health care professionals, caregivers and anyone affected by chronic diseases like cancer in a morning of learning and conversation. Together, we’ll explore the beneficial impact laughter can have on physical, emotional and mental health and its integration in care.

Download the Laughter Rx Symposium Flyer!

This year’s featured speakers are:  

Jayson Dibble, PhD. Associate Professor, Communication Department, Hope College 

Tell a Joke to Rid the Pain? It Can’t Be That Simple 

Since ancient times humans have connected humor with health. But applying this idea with care requires a more nuanced understanding of laughter, humor, and emotion in general. And some of these nuances cut against everything we’ve been taught. For example, laughter can signal humor, but it doesn’t have to. And even reading each other’s emotions is not as straightforward as looking at one’s facial expressions. This one-hour course discusses the latest research on the links between laughter, humor, and how we should be thinking about emotions more generally. If we really want to value the link between humor and wellness, care providers need to consider some “new” truths about emotions.



Simin Naz Beg MD, Division Chief of Hospice and Palliative Care at Spectrum Health 

The Bigger Picture of Pain 

This session will provide an overview of pain assessment, management and control in various settings. This will include patient-centered pain management approaches, and the latest learnings regarding the potential for an increase in chronic pain in post-COVID survivors.

Nurses and social workers: this course will meet your annual pain management requirement for license renewal



Erin Wegener, MM, MT-BC, NMT Fellow, CBIS Music Therapist Lead, Cancer Program at Spectrum Health 

Music Therapy in Medicine and Wellness: To Inspire and Rejuvenate You

Please join Erin Wegener, board-certified music therapist with Spectrum Health, to learn about music therapy services as these are utilized to support patients, families, and survivors of cancer. Erin will present examples of therapeutic music interventions used in clinical work as well as an introduction to the evidence base. Live music composed by patients and survivors will be shared with intention to inspire you and a guided relaxation experience presented to rejuvenate you.


Earn 3 Continuing Education Credits in nursing or social work!


Registration is now closed.

If you have already signed up, event details will be emailed to you on

Thursday, March 11th.