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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Today there is a clear call to understand and work with death and dying in new and more open ways. Our culture is awakening to a more conscious view of our own mortality. This professional certification program is intended to reframe our current conception of dying and reclaim the wisdom and practices of the past as we look at how to move forward. It is a comprehensive survey course taught by the leading practitioners and experts in the field of death and dying.
This experiential program provides health care practitioners, and those with a profound interest in the energetics of living and dying, with a unique and in-depth understanding of the spiritual, psychological, social, and physical aspects of the dying experience to more deeply support their work and all aspects of their lives.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The Art of Dying Thanatology certificate program is suitable for those working in hospice, nursing homes, and other health care settings, and is also appropriate for students as well as counselors, social workers, teachers, clergy, psychologists, and others who want to broaden their work in the burgeoning field of death and dying. It is also appropriate for anyone with a sincere interest in this profound topic. This deep dive into the natural passage we know as death will inform any calling.
Hear a former graduate’s experience in this interview.
“This is truly ground breaking and necessary work. I feel privileged to be part of this program. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity!” – Maddi Cheers
CERTIFICATE STUDENTS WILL EXPERIENCE:
- 6 Weekends of Live, In-Person Trainings
- 3 Webinars
- 2 Field Trips
- 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/films/podcasts) to enrich the learning experience
- Capstone Project
- Private Facebook Group
- Bonus Material
- Immersion into a growing and engaged alumni community
- Provide new understanding of the psycho-spiritual transformations in death and dying
- Learn about current medical culture and options for improving end of life scenarios while under medical treatment
- Returning sacredness to the dying process and after
- Introduce students to various tools and techniques of end of life care from various traditions
- Learn about the value and effects of presence and compassion
- Learn about grief and its transformational power
- Teach alternative options for handling the body after death
- Survey of alternative funeral arrangements
- Address the need for a cultural awakening focused on the themes of death, how we die, and the consequences for how we live
- Empower students to provide education and information on death and dying to others with compassion and a larger view of these processes
- Empower students to adapt this material to their own life calling and creative work
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
- To return sacredness to the dying process
- How to promote wise relationships in accompanying the dying
- The psycho-spiritual transformations of death and dying
- The effects of compassionate presence at the end of life
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.
- Eben Alexander, MD
- Alua Arthur, J.D.
- Olivia Bareham
- Jeffrey Black, MDiv, MD
- Leslie Blackhall, MD
- Jan Booth, MA, RN, NC-BC
- Amy Cunningham
- Catharine Delong
- Jeanne Denney
- Paul Denniston
- Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW
- David Kessler
- Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl
- Karen Newell
- Frank Ostaseski
- Robert Vetter, MA
FREE INTRO WEBINAR with Catharine DeLong
•Introduction to Integrative Thanatology – Catharine DeLong, Friday, January 10, 2020
•Mapping the End of Life – Leslie Blackhall, Saturday, January 11, 2020
•Lazarus & the Mustard Seed – Leslie Blackhall, Sunday, January 12, 2020
•Dia De Muertos Ceremony – Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl In Ixachitlan, Sunday, January 12, 2020 (Open only to certificate students.)
•The Last Great Act of Love: End of Life Planning (Webinar) – Alua Arthur, January 23, 2020
•Facing Death – Henry Fersko-Weiss, Saturday, February 15, 2020
•The Inner Path of Dying – Jan Booth, Sunday, February 16, 2020
•After-Death Care & Home Funerals – Olivia Bareham, Saturday & Sunday, March 14 – 15, 2020
•Inviting the Wisdom of Death Into Life (Webinar) – Frank Ostaseski, Wednesday, March 18, 2020
•Finding Hope & Healing After Loss – David Kessler, Saturday, April 4, 2020
•Grief Yoga: Honoring Loss & Moving Into Empowerment – Paul Denniston, Sunday, April 5, 2020
•Temazcal Ritual Day: Celebrating Life & Death in the Mesoamerican Sweat Lodge – Robert Vetter, Monday, April 6, 2020
(Open only to certificate students.)
•A Lecture on the History of Cremation at Brooklyn’s Historic Green-Wood Cemetery – Amy Cunningham, Friday, May 15, 2020 (Open only to certificate students.)
•Transition by Design: Planning an Inspired & Intentional Funeral – Amy Cunningham, Saturday, May 16, 2020
•Transformation and Transition: Honoring Grief and Death – Jeffrey Black, Sunday, May 17, 2020
•Dying with Purpose: Consciously Crossing to the Other Side (Webinar) – Eben Alexander and Karen Newell, Thursday, June 4, 2020
•Music as Medicine at the End of Life – Catharine DeLong, Friday, June 12, 2020
•Jewels Within the Silence: Extending Compassion to Non-Communicative Patients – Jeanne Denney, Saturday, June 13, 2020
•Capstone Project Day – Catharine DeLong, Sunday, June 14, 2020 (Open only to certificate students.)
The Association of Death Education and Counseling® has deemed this program as counting towards the continuing education requirements for the ADEC Certification in Thanatology.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
A 6-Month Certification Training
January 2020 – June 2020
$2,295 full payment • 19FAOD43SA
$2,550 payment plan • 19FAOD43SB
Payment Plan Terms: $750 due at registration. 3 more payments of $600 each due on
February 20, March 26, and April 30.
Eben Alexander, MD, was an academic neurosurgeon for over 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven, and Living in a Mindful Universe.
Alua Arthur, J.D., is a death doula and attorney. As the founder of Going with Grace, she and her team support others through the mysteries, practicalities, emotions, and spiritual considerations at the end of life. Alua also trains death doulas and those committed to shifting the cultural conversation about death.
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 – Funeral Home and Institute for Conscious Dying in Los Angeles. The Sacred Crossings Funeral Home is operated entirely by death midwives offering natural, sacred alternatives to traditional funeral home practices. Olivia facilitates workshops and classes in Conscious Dying and a certificate doula training program, ‘The Art of Death Midwifery’ to students worldwide.
Jeffery R. Black, MDiv, MD, completed a BA in Psychology from Furman University, an MDiv from Southeastern Theological Seminary and his MD, Psychiatric Residency and Fellowship from the Medical College of Georgia. He is completing a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from the California College of Ayurveda. He has studied with indigenous healers of the Americas and is a member of the Living and Dying Consciously Project. He is certified to teach Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying and has led workshops on the healing power of ritual and ceremony. Currently he assists those with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and grief after traumatic loss.
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.
Jan Booth, MA, RN, NC-BC, has worked as a nurse for many years within the intersection of quality of life and end of life, as a hospice/palliative care nurse and as an end-of-life coach and educator. She serves as faculty for the International Nurse Coach Association and the Conscious Dying Institute, and is the author of Re-Imagining the End-of-Life: Self-Development & Reflective Practices for Nurse Coaches.
Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl in Ixachitlan was formed in 1999 from individuals from the four directions of the continent. Most of its members hail from Mexico, South America, the Caribbean as well as the US. They are an indigenous group that offers ceremonial performances and workshops through dances and songs from the Anahuac tradition. The group is cultural, spiritual, artistic, political and educational. They are an open circle formed by families and individuals from the indigenous community that now reside in New York City.
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 music-thanatologist in New York City. She delivers music vigils to Visiting Nurse Service of New York hospice patients, to palliative patients at Bellevue Hospital, and to others approaching the end of life. Catharine is a graduate of the Chalice of Repose Project, and is also certified through Music-Thanatology Association International. She is an ordained interfaith minister affiliated with the One Spirit Learning Alliance.
Paul Denniston created Grief Yoga, which blends many branches of yoga and movement to compassionately locate 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 6,000 therapists, counselors, and health care professionals around the world.
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.
Karen Newell has spent a lifetime seeking wisdom through esoteric teachings and firsthand experience exploring realms of consciousness. She empowers others by demonstrating how to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and develop intuition. She is co-founder of Sacred Acoustics, and co-author with Dr. Eben Alexander of Living in a Mindful Universe.
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.
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.