Since the inception of hospice in America in the 1980s, care of the dying has dramatically improved to meet the unique needs of dying people, with a focus on comfort over cure. There are social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the dying process, however, that are inherently uncomfortable. Instead of seeking to palliate this fact, caregivers can be of better service to their patients by helping them increase their level of consciousness during this difficult, and yet incredibly meaningful transition. The next evolution of end-of-life care is to honor dying as a developmental process and as a rite of passage. In this workshop we will reflect on how we as professionals and the institutions we work within currently approach the concept of dying. We will offer personal practices that can be used to increase constructive consciousness of death throughout life, not just at its end. And we will present current work from the Conscious Dying Institute, the death doula movement, and research on the use of entheogens at end-of-life.
- Participants will reflect on their own attitudes toward dying and working with dying people, as well as the approach engendered by the institutions we live and work within.
- Participants will learn practices that can enhance consciousness of dying across the spectrum of life.
- Participants will learn about institutions currently generating clinical research and practice related to conscious dying.