“Not unlike a still pond disturbed by a falling stone, an impending death sends ripples through all the relationships in the life of the dying. Each person involved has his or her own set of issues, fears and questions.”
The line comes from Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs and Communication of the Dying. It was written by Maggie Callahan and Patricia Kelley, two hospice nurses with 20 years’ experience helping patients and families face the final passage.
In story after story, the caregivers deliver a deeply comforting message: that the dying communicate their needs and reveal their feelings. That the terminally ill leave special gifts for the living to share.
Unlocking these gifts is the work of a Death Education Counselor. The vocation is centered around a new approach to death and dying – an approach supported by the Association for Death Education and Counseling and championed by the New York Open Center’s Integrative Thanatology Program.
Scientists, healers, health care providers, social workers and spiritual leaders around the world are exploring these new approaches.
Our cutting-edge program can teach you how to work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying with:
• Tools for caregiving and caregivers
• Alternative ways to understand life and death
• Training on wise relationships in accompanying the dying
• Tools and techniques of the End of life Doula
• Psycho-Spiritual Transformation in Death and Dying
• The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life
You can learn to respond to the unique needs and requests of the dying. You could be the one to help patients live life to the full to the very end.
It’s a calling dedicated to bringing comfort and care to patients and families during one of the most sensitive and spiritual moments of their lives.
Explore alternative approaches to palliative care through our Certificate on the Art of Dying: Integrative Thanatology: A Death Education Counselor Program