Education for End-of-Life, Bereavement
and Chaplaincy Professionals
Below you'll find descriptions of several presentations that can be customized for a variety of different formats, from a 30-minute lecture to a full-day or weekend workshop.
The presentations listed here are designed for end-of-life professionals, counselors, social workers and chaplains who work with death, loss, trauma and bereavement, but may also be of interest to spiritual seekers, bereaved individuals and practitioners of energy medicine.
Interfaith Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved
This presentation is designed for nurses, chaplains, social workers, physicians, counselors and others who work with death, grief or trauma.
As spiritual care care providers, we may at times be invited into conversations with patients or family members that addresses religious views on death and the afterlife. Meeting people “where they are” in terms of belief systems is a delicate art that requires patience, wisdom and skill. How do we offer compassionate listening and support for beliefs that may not resonate with our own? How can we honor the other person’s reality fully and lovingly, without imposing our own views and biases?
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Conscious Dying: An Experiential Encounter with the Journey of the Soul
If you are a professional or personal caregiver for someone who is dying, or if you are facing your own end-of-life process, this workshop will provide you with the practical tools you’ll need to create a sacred dying experience. In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to:
. Assist consciousness to separate from the body
. Work with family systems and issues
. Create meaningful rituals
. Experience consciousness beyond the body
. Incorporate teachings from ancient traditions
. Design your own deathbed scenario
Grief as Mystical Journey: Sacred Practices for Turning Loss into Light
The Grief as a Mystical Journey® workshop provides a rare learning environment that offers unique healing tools not found in traditional counseling or support group settings.
Our educational and therapeutic processes help participants move toward internal transformation rather than focusing on external events, via guided meditations, art & music therapy, family dynamic mapping, interactive group work and sacred ceremony. By giving form to the formless via these processes, we cconvert unseen healing energies into practical tools, and transmute trauma and grief into new forms of love, acceptance and spiritual awareness. For more information, visit www.SpiritualityandGrief.com
Spiritual Self-Care for Death Care Professionals
This workshop is designed for clinicians and caregivers who work closely with death and bereavement. As clinicians, especially in situations where death is unexpected, we often have little time to regain our composure after dealing with trauma and tragic loss. We may be skilled at comforting the family, but how do we comfort and heal ourselves?
Via interactive exercises and group processes, attendees will learn self-care techniques and mystical practices for processing the grief we experience as professionals when a patient dies and the family suffers.
Bereavement and Bad Theology: A Toxic Cocktail
Q: How can God let this terrible thing happen?
A: It depends what you think God IS
In many religious traditions, God is believed to be responsive to the needs of believers, and in difficult times, believers turn to their religious beliefs for comfort, security and guidance. When God is viewed as a protective parental figure that can shield us from harm if we are pious or devoted enough, what happens to faith -- and healing -- when God fails to provide that protection? How do we help our clients cope with the cognitive dissonance they experience when their religious beliefs – whether inherited or chosen – do not match up with their lived experience?
This presentation examines the ways in which religious beliefs can be more harmful than helpful for traumatized or bereaved individuals, and explores therapeutic tools and healing practices for assisting someone in spiritual crisis.