Midwifing Death workshop
November 8, 9, 10, 2019
Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday: 8:30am – 4:00pm, Sunday: 8:30am- 12:00 noon
Cost: $299 (Coffee, tea and light snacks provided. Please bring your own lunch.)
Facilitators: Lyndall Johnson, M.A., L.P. and Lora Matz, L.I.C.S.W.
To Register, email Lyndall: email@example.com
In a culture that is death-phobic, the notion of midwifing death is novel. We prepare for birth with many preparations, rituals and intentions. A midwife is a facilitator of transition. It is possible to prepare for death in the same way as we do for the birth of a child.
Join us in exploring transformative approaches for being with dying. Learn about the stages of physical death, as well as the energetic and transformational signposts along the way. Learn skills and spiritual practices for easing the transition of death, and the use of ritual and specific practices to be used at the time of death and after.
In the this workshop we will:
• Learn about the stages of dying from a number of different perspectives: physical, emotional, energetic & spiritual. Discuss ways to talk with the dying, and their family members, in a way that creates bridges, connection, that is family centered, culturally and spiritually sensitive.
• Participants will be able to experience and describe several best practices of mind-body/ CAM approaches for assisting the dying at each stage of the dying process
and understand when these practices might be contraindicated.
o The use of life review-storytelling
o Guided Imagery
o The use of music
o Massage, acupressure, aromatherapy
o The use of individual and family rituals
• Learn about the practice of “Presence,” how to best access true presence, and the value in working with the dying from this place of “being with.”
• Have increased knowledge of issues that may arise around talking with family members around issues related to helplessness. Discussion of ways to empower family members to be able to “be with” their loved one at the end of life in specific ways that will be
meaningful, connecting and helpful.
Participants will have an opportunity to each fill out their own brief self-assessment on dying. This workshop will be both didactic and heavy on experiential learning of practices that help optimize both a caretaker, and the dying person’s sense of well-being, quality of life, and introduces participants to CAM practices that serve to help bring relief to distressing symptoms, including emotional and existential/spiritual ones, as well as physical.
*This program may be eligible for a total of 15 CEUs for LPs, LICSWs, Nurses, and LMFTs. Send this brochure and the details of class content to your governing board. A certificate of attendance will be provided if requested.