Hospice Care Workshops
You can find hospice centers in your community by contacting the National
Hospice Organization at:
"Spiritual Practices in Accompanying the Dying"
The workshop will also introduce participants to: Co-meditation/co-breathing practice; letter writing as a way to facilitate conversation with family and friends; chanting; and after-death practices including bathing the body as ritual, memorial services, burials, cremation. Other topics include: talking with people about the meaning of life, facilitating life reviews, and ideas about "conscious dying" (using dyads, meditation and "talking circles" as tools for exploration).
"Forming a Compassionate Community"
This workshop presents pragmatic tools for utilizing hospice and palliative care services, facilitating family dynamics, and grieving on-going losses. Through meditations, experiential exercises and discussion, we explore how to create a healing environment, cope with caregiver stress, talk about dying, make difficult decisions, develop effective communication skills, and foster a mutually beneficial and shared spiritual practice.
"Being a Compassionate Caregiver"
This workshop presents a mindful and compassionate approach to addressing the practical, emotional, and spiritual issues that are inherent in being a companion to the dying. We introduce traditional mindfulness practices; exercises designed to explore impermanence, fear, and grief; and skills that will help us proceed with openness and love as we accompany those facing death. This workshop is open to all and may be of particular interest to professionals, those wanting to explore their personal relationship to death, and those who are facing the need to accompany family members or friends with life-threatening illness.
In its second decade, Zen Hospice Project is expanding its ability to teach mindful caregiving nationally and internationally, creating internship and consulting services. Without changing our commitment to basic caregiving services, we are reaching out to new audiences, to other hospice programs, to families facing grief, to individuals facing life-threatening illness, to parents seeking to answer a child's simple questions about death. Our sincere intent is to bring to each new service the same integrity and quiet wisdom we bring to the bedside.
Brown, Rebecca. "The Gifts of the Body."
"Coming Home: A Guide to Dying at Home with Dignity."
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