Local residents can learn more about caring for ill or dying family members or friends during a two-day course next week in Petersburg.

The course is sponsored by the Beat the Odds Committee and the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department. It’s geared toward health care providers and nurses but has practical applications for people taking care of friends or family.

The teacher is Elissa DeWolfe, a palliative care advanced practice nurse, who works for an organization called Hospice by the Bay in Sonoma, California. DeWolfe has ties to Petersburg. Her aunt and uncle Bob and Dixie Baade lived on Kupreanof Island and she came here more than 20 years ago to care for Bob after he was diagnosed with cancer. Joe Viechnicki spoke with her about that experience and next week’s class.

The two-day course is Monday and Tuesday September 29th and 30th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fire station training room. People can register on the Medical center’s website or find out more information with Sharon Hunter at 772-4291 extension 152.