Where do we learn about grief the most universal of experiences,
the one we will all encounter and the one for which we are least prepared?
This presentation will discuss the process of grief, why it
never ends, the model of grief work, the power of grief, how to help a
grieving friend and risk factors for complicated grief.
Helping children and teens deal with death
A child who is old enough to love is old enough to grieve. This presentation
will address how childrens perceptions of death develop, how children
and teens grieve differently from adults, how dead bugs explain death
to a pre-schooler and how a Whack Wall helps get the mad out
in a safe way.
The Art of Dying
If we are "whole persons" - mind/body/spirit - and dying is
a natural process, then there can be three dynamics at work during this
transition from life to death. Knowledge about this natural progression
helps us to understand the experience and enables us to be present as
we accompany others on their journeys. This presentation will address
the physical, psychological and spiritual changes that occur as the body
shuts down and offer ways to most meaningfully help the dying person.
Running on empty How do we refuel?
In the busy lives that we all lead, feelings that we are running
on empty may overwhelm us at times. It is so important to recognize
what we are feeling and how we behave so that we address the issue to
prevent burnout. This interactive presentation will examine a framework
that encompasses personal and professional, individual and team coping
strategies as well as encourage us to be more mindful of living in
When death visits the classroom
How do teachers and school staff help children who have had someone special
die? The realization that death happens gives us the opportunity to teach
healthy coping skills to children of all ages. This presentation will
explain how to talk to children about the death of a classmate, parent
Loss overload helping patients and families deal with the many
losses associated with Alzheimers Disease
Dealing with the multiple losses associated with AD is a huge challenge
for families, caregivers and health care professionals. This topic will
address these losses and explore how the grieving process helps us to
integrate and adjust to these changes. Helpful interventions that facilitate
this grief work will be discussed.
Multiple losses Helping patients and families adjust to stroke
Health care professionals play an important role in helping patients and
families identify and grieve the multiple losses associated with a stroke.
Interventions that facilitate this grieving process will be explored and
The Passion of Palliative Care
Palliative care is a philosophy rather than a definition. It is the essence
of living until you die ... and dying as you have lived, with dignity
and grace. This topic addresses such issues as control, unfinished business,
communication, compassion and caring.
How do we bring up such topics as advance directives, living wills, heroic
measures? It is easier to bring up these topics when we are healthy
and able to make choices for ourselves. Baby boomers caught in the sandwich
generation often have difficulty bringing up these issues with aging
parents. This presentation offers concrete ways to raise important questions
and share personal wishes.