Fall 2020 Workshop
"Being Present with Dying"
Basic End-of-Life Doula Skills for Family & Community
Saturday, October 3, 2020 • 10:00 am - 1:00pm, MDT
Sunday, October 4, 2020 • 1:00 pm - 4:00pm, MDT
(This will be an online workshop. Join us from anywhere! )
Our Fall Workshop Speaker & Presentation
Basic End-of-Life Care for Family & Community
What if our communities were filled with people who had the skills and knowledge to support those who are seriously ill and/or at end of life? What if we all learned the basic skills of effective care-giving and compassionate communication as part of skillful living?
This online workshop is an opportunity to learn and practice some basic skills of supporting others in the last part of life.
Caring for our loved ones who are seriously ill or dying is part of what human communities have done for as long as we can imagine. Now, with much of the last part of our lives taking place in health care facilities and with professional caregivers around us, many of us have not learned how to care for and be present with dying people. In fact, most of us don’t have the important conversations within our families about what matters most to us when we’re dying. This lack of openness around death and dying can lead to a sense of isolation for the person and family going through it.
End-of-Life Doulas (EOLDs) are non-medical companions to the dying and their families. This workshop is not a full doula training program, but rather an introduction to some of the knowledge and skills of "companioning" seriously ill people and their families.
We hope you will leave this online workshop with more confidence to show up for others in the last part of their lives – and with more gratitude for the life you’re living.
Jan Booth, MA, RN, our talented presenter, has worked as a nurse for over 33 years within the intersection of quality of life and end of life, and she is deeply curious about what creates and sustains well-being throughout the human experience.
Her initiation into the world of death and dying came during nursing school as an unexpected calling. She had started school with the intention of becoming a midwife and helping birth babies. But then she heard a clear call to serve instead as a midwife for the dying. Since that time, Jan has never looked back. Her work trajectory has taken her from the bedside of hospice and palliative care patients to supporting the well-being of caregivers, and now into the larger community to further open our cultural conversation about end of life.
Jan is as an Integrative Nurse Coach around the practice of well-being in aging, illness, and dying -- supporting people in navigating serious illness, helping families to talk more openly about end-of-life priorities, and providing health coaching for both professional and personal/family caregivers.
She also serves as faculty for the International Nurse Coach Association, including the Integrative Nurse Coach certificate programs, an End-of-Life Nurse Coaching program in collaboration with the New York Open Center. She co-created an advanced training program called Coaching Conversations for People Living with Chronic & Advanced Illness.
Jan loves to work with deepening practices on aging and dying. She has found that this not only serves to better prepare us for a more intentional end of life—it also seems to clarify and transform how we live the time we have. Jan served as co-faculty for a course in the Washington, DC area called Sacred Journey: Being Present with Aging, Illness & Dying, in collaboration with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC.
Jan has lead many workshops in her chosen field and is presently on the faculty of the Conscious Dying Institute, Boulder, CO.
She resides with husband Bob Gaarder in Westcliffe, CO.
Marcia Beachy, MS, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist, author and ordained Interfaith Minister. She has been working in the field of conscious living and dying for over 30 years. Marcia is the founder of the Southern Colorado Conference on Conscious Living & Dying, inspired by the great need and the great opportunity we have now to awaken to who we truly are. She is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of three grandsons and resides in Pueblo, CO.
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