- November 18-19, 2016
- 7:00 pm to 5:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
How do we remain present with people who are dying? How do we give them the care and attention that they need while also caring for ourselves with compassion?
Roshi Joan Halifax is a Zen Buddhist Priest, anthropologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. Her work is a source of wisdom for all who are charged with a dying person's care, facing their own death, or wishing to explore and contemplate the transformative power of the dying process. According to Halifax, "bearing witness to dying can teach innumerable lessons to the living-assuming we give up our tight control strategies and our ideas of what it means to die well."
In this workshop, Halifax shares key lessons from her decades of work with the dying and their caregivers. Drawing from traditional Buddhist teachings, she talks about what it means to die, and what loved ones can do to ease the process. What are the most pressing emotional and spiritual needs of people in the final stages of life? What becomes most important to someone who is dying? This workshop addresses these and other questions that often feel too difficult or heartbreaking to bring up. With wisdom and keen insight, Halifax draws from over 30 years of experience in the contemplative care of the dying, and shares core compassion practices that help us to navigate this challenging life stage.
This workshop brings together practice and inquiry, but is not solely intended for those who have someone in their life who is actively dying. It also addresses how to hold our own fears around death and dying. What do the dying have to teach us about living well? How can we face death-our own and others-with an open, inner strength? Through conversation and practice, this workshop changes the way you think about death.
6 BBS/RN CEs available for workshop (MFT, LCSW, RN)