Date & Time
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Catharine DeLong, Leslie Blackhall, Robert Vetter, Megan Devine, Henry Fersko-Weiss, Kenneth J. Doka, Ira Byock, Frank Ostaseski, Paul Denniston, David Kessler, Caitlyn Doughty, Olivia Bareham, Amy Cunningham, Simcha Raphael, Jeanne Denny
Today there is a clear call to understand and work with death and dying in new and forward-thinking ways, especially as our culture awakens to a more conscious view of mortality. This certification program answers the call by taking an expansive approach to the study of End of Life, Death, and the Afterlife. Intended to reframe our current conception of dying, reclaim the wisdom and practices of the past, and explore the possibilities for the future; our program provides a unique set of skills to those with a profound interest in the energetics of living and dying and who wish to deepen their understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social, cultural, and physical aspects of the dying experience.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Art of Dying Integrative Certificate program is honored to have attracted local, national, and international interest and studentship. Because of its uniquely integrative content, it is suitable for those currently working in or transitioning into hospice, nursing homes, and other health care settings; counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, psychologists, and others who want to broaden their work in the burgeoning field of death and dying; and those who are seeking a rich personal exploration of Death.
The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology
CERTIFICATE STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:
- 6 Weekends of Live, In-Person Trainings
- 4 Webinars
- Grief Writing Course: Megan Devine will guide certificate students through a month-long intensive Grief Writing Course; concluded by a webinar to integrate the experience and teachings
- Program Facilitator present for each live and virtual class to support and guide students on their 6 month journey
- Integration of Lecture and Experiential curriculum
- Alumni Mentorship
- Study Groups to convene (virtually/live) between class sessions
- Additional assignments (readings/contemplations) to enrich the learning experience
- Capstone Project
- Private Facebook group
- Bonus Material
ATTENDEES WILL LEARN:
- How to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying
- Tools for caregiving and caregivers
- Alternative ways to understand life and death
- Cross-Cultural perspectives and psycho-spiritual transformation of death and dying
- Multi-layered perspectives and approaches to working with grief
- Funeral Planning and After Death Body Care
- To return sacredness to the dying process
Upon successful completion of the program you will receive a certificate of completion and join our vibrant Art of Dying Integrative Thanatology Alumni Community. For More Program details, or to schedule an appointment to speak with the Art of Dying Program Manager, please contact the Art of Dying Institute: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Subject to change)
Mapping the Journey
Leslie Blackhall M.D. | Saturday, January 5
Lazarus and the Mustard Seed: Death and Dying in 2 Cultures
Leslie Blackhall M.D. | Sunday, January 6
Ending Life at the Ends of the Earth:
Cross-Cultural Perspectives On Death And Dying
Robert Vetter | Sunday, January 6
Well-Being While Dying (webinar)
Ira Byock MD | Wednesday, February 6
End of Life Doulas: A New Care Model
Henry Fersko Weiss | Saturday, February 23
Creative and Therapeutic Ritual
Ken Doka Ph.D. | Sunday, February 24
On the Edge of Forever: Paranormal Experiences At Life’s End
Ken Doka Ph.D. Sunday, February 24
Inviting the Wisdom of Death Into Life (webinar)
Frank Ostaseski | Tuesday, March 5
Writing Your Grief (webinar)
Megan Devine | Friday, March 15
Grief Yoga: Honoring Loss And Moving Into Empowerment
Paul Denniston | Saturday, March 23
Finding Hope and Healing After Loss
David Kessler | Sunday, March 24
From Here to Eternity (webinar)
Caitlin Doughty | Wednesday April 10
After the Last Breath – Care for the Body After Death
Olivia Bareham | Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28
The Inspired Funeral
Amy Cunningham | Saturday, May 18
Afterlife and Reincarnation in World Religions: Practical Counseling Wisdom
Simcha Raphael Ph.D. | Sunday, May 19
The Effects of Compassionate Presence: Being With Non-Communicative Patients
Jeanne Denney | Saturday, June 8
Music as Medicine at the End of Life
Catherine DeLong | Sunday, June 9
Catharine Delong | Sunday, June 9
REGISTRATION AND FEES
A 90-HOUR TRAINING
January 2019–June 2019
$2,195 (No Member Discount) • 18FPS43S
$1,895 Early Bird rate by December 1, 2018
New York Open Center
Rev. Olivia Bareham is a certified Death Midwife, Home Funeral Guide and Celebrant. She holds degrees in Education and Natural Theology and Sacred Healing, and is founder of Sacred Crossings – The Institute for Conscious Dying and Home Funerals in Los Angeles. Olivia has over 12 years experience guiding hundreds of families in the art of conscious dying and home-based after death care and recently launched an alternative funeral home owned and operated entirely by death midwives offering natural, sacred alternatives to traditional funeral home practices. Olivia facilitates a certificate training program, ‘The Art of Death Midwifery’ now offered to students worldwide.
Leslie Blackhall M.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University Of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of Palliative Care Services.
Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services based in Torrance, CA. The Institute advances efforts to measure, monitor and improve person-centered care system wide and supports culturally diverse communities in expanding models of caring. Dr. Byock is Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire from 2003 through July 2013. He is the author of Dying Well, The Four Things That Matter Most, and The Best Care Possible.
Amy Cunningham, a progressive funeral director and owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services, specializes in green burials in cemeteries certified by the Green Burial Council, simple burials within the NYC metropolitan area, home funerals, and cremation services at Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapels. Previously Amy was a magazine writer until 2007 when her elderly father’s memorial service got her interested in helping folks plan more meaningful end-of-life services. When she’s not directing funerals, she writes a funeral planning blog called TheInspiredFuneral.com. She believes that a good funeral can send everyone in attendance out the door with an altered view of what life’s all about, and the beginnings of a plan for moving forward.
Catharine DeLong is a Contemplative Musician and Music -Thanatologist in private practice in New York City. She delivers music vigils to Visiting Nurse Service of New York hospice patients, and others who are approaching the end of life. Catharine is a graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project. She is the current facilitator for the Integrative Thanatology Certificate Program.
Paul Denniston created Grief Yoga which blends many branches of yoga and movement to compassionately find healing after loss. He teaches this practice to cancer support groups, bereavement groups, addiction groups, workshops on healing after a breakup, divorce or betrayal, and is also trained in Heart Touch Massage for the dying. Paul has taught Grief Yoga to over 6000 therapists, counselors and health care professionals around the world.
Megan Devine, author of the new book It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief & Loss in a Culture that Doesn’t Understand, is founder of Refuge In Grief, whose focus is grief education and outreach. She helps people through devastating times of grief, to learn the skills they need to carry pain that cannot be fixed. A Pacific Northwest writer, speaker, and advocate for grief education, she has been featured widely in the media, including in Bustle Magazine, Huffington Post, Modern Loss, and Psychology Today.
Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and counseling at the College of New Rochelle and a senior consultant to the Hospice Foundation of America. He is the author of Grief is a Journey: Finding Your Path Through Loss, as well as 33 other books and over 100 articles and book chapters. He is also the editor of Omega: Journal of Death and Dying and Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement, past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and chair of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement (IWG).
Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser. In 2011 she founded the death acceptance collective The Order of the Good Death, which has spawned the death positive movement. Her books, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, and From Here to Eternity were both New York Times best-sellers. She lives in Los Angeles, where she runs her nonprofit funeral home, Undertaking LA.
Henry Fersko-Weiss is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), former hospice social worker and manager, as well as the Executive Director of INELDA. He is credited with starting the very first end of life doula program at a hospice in the U.S. He co-founded INELDA to help train doulas and build doula programs in end of life care settings. In 2017, Conari Press published his book on doula work, Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death, which was recognized by the Library Journal, as one of the best books of 2017.
David Kessler is a grief and loss specialist. He is the author of five bestselling books, including two with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons. His most recent book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death was coauthored with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise by Mother Teresa. David is a contributing writer for Oprah.com, Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, and Anderson Cooper.
Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Google and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.
Simcha Raphael, Ph.D., Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training, was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by the late, renowned Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. A psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia, he has written extensively on death and afterlife and is the author of the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife.
Robert Vetter, M.A. is a cultural anthropologist whose life work concerns the intersection of spirituality and healing in diverse indigenous cultures. His original fieldwork focused on Native North American medicine, especially that of the Southern Plains. Along with his adopted uncle, medicine man Richard Tartsah Sr., he authored the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family. He has studied Curanderismo both in the United States and in Mexico and maintains a healing practice as well as a community temazcal (Mesoamerican sweat lodge) in New York.