Daylong Teaching: Good Dying

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Daylong Teaching: Good Dying

March 13, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


(Breakfast Keynote) GOOD DYING: Is there Such a Thing? Whose job is it?
« It is a necessary and proper thing that all of us learn about grief and death, about dying, about all of the before and the after, well before the time of being tested and told comes. »
With an aging population, more of health care is becoming palliative care by default. We could all agree that good dying, including good pain and symptom management, is everyone’s right. But whose responsibility is it to imagine and design and deliver on that right? What should be the role of the community, and patients and families in particular, in defining and pursuing and advocating for good dying for themselves and their loved ones? This workshop gives guidance on how communities must become skilled partners in the provision of good palliative care.
10-11am  Suffering: Ours or theirs?
When palliative care providers are being trained they learn that their own experiences, particularly their experiences with suffering, if unmediated by ‘resolution’ can disqualify them from doing good work with dying people and their families. This is what is usually meant by ‘baggage’. Objectivity and compassionate neutrality are prescribed by most teachers and mentors. This talk teaches that your own suffering when it is ‘well suffered’ is a faithful way of forging your kinship with dying people. It is the one thing they require of you but will never request. It is the antidote to burnout.
12:45-1:45pm  Dying Centered Care: What dying people need from their caregivers
Little of the professional and volunteer care given to dying people is learned at the death bed: it is brought there from generic medical and psychological training. What dying people learned from their culture before they were dying people was the countless ways of not dying. It shouldn’t be surprising that good death is rare among us. This talk advocates making dying the proper teacher and the centre – not the adversary – of good palliative care.

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Fee: $95 includes breakfast, lunch, snacks
Fee: $85 includes breakfast, lunch, snacks when booking 4 or more seats
Pay by cheque (payable to Rainbow Hospice Care 2013 End-of-Life ConferenceMail to: Rainbow Hospice Care, 147 W. Rockwell St. Jefferson, WI 53549
Registration Contact:  Michelle Smith, Email: – (920) 674-6255
Seating is limited.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged
Location: Olympia Resort and Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066
Sponsored by Rainbow Hospice Care & Fort Health Care


March 13, 2013
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Olympia Resort and Conference Center
1350 Royale Mile Road,
Oconomowoc, WI 53066 United States
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