Two Years to live: A Student's Inner Exploration Brings Healing to ALL

Two Years to live: A Student's Inner Exploration Brings Healing to ALL

Spike entered our course with an enormous depth of heart, excellent communication, authentic loving healing presence and years of life experience in the realm of Spiritual Awakening. Even before we knew he was dying, he became our class Beloved as he shared his truth, understanding, and personal experiences during our time together. It was not until our last day together that we discovered that Stephen's heart, his physical beating heart, may stop beating in less than 2 years.

Read this beautiful story of his journey, of the courageous and remarkable task of self-healing before death, and what it was like for a man with a terminal diagnosis to receive the end of life care and education offered in this course.  

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Improve Life and Health for Doctors: Reduce Physician Burnout with Conscious Dying Education And Care

Improve Life and Health for Doctors: Reduce Physician Burnout with Conscious Dying Education And Care

Most of us have had the raw and devastating experience of The Diagnosis: the harsh news that Death is coming to claim our loved one. In an instant our lives are turned up-side-down. Our stress level blows the top off the meter. We may be frozen in shock or in the free fall of tumultuous emotions which challenge our mental and physical health and make it impossible to carry on with daily life.

The human being on the other side of the desk, the doctor--the one tasked with delivering the horrible news--is also suffering. Besides not having had much if any training in end of life conversations, the average doctor is scheduled to see the next patient in less than 15 minutes.

“We are supposed to see more patients in less time and provide much more documentation. We work daily with human tragedy, illness, death, and loss. Many of us don’t take time off or debrief after adverse events or patient deaths. Instead, we move on to the next patient. It’s no wonder that more than half of physicians report being burned out,” said Joan M. Anzia, MD.

Burnout is characterized by exhaustion, cynicism, and reduced effectiveness—unhappy, stressed out doctors. Physician burnout has been shown to negatively influence quality of care, patient safety, and patient satisfaction.

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Death Doulas Navigate Difficult Conversations and Decrease Fear

Death Doulas Navigate Difficult Conversations and Decrease Fear

Let’s face it. We are not well prepared as a culture to deal well with end of life care and the difficult conversations which must be had. The cultural emphasis on youth and the fear of old age and death pervade even the medical establishment.

... The trainings at the Conscious Dying Institute offer the possibility of facing into our own fears of Death, and gaining some resilience to be able to be really present and helpful to others and their families as they pass through their last days. When we are called to the sacred work of being a Death Doula, we are called to confront the Mother of all fears, Death. How can we help those dying to navigate the enormity of their terror once the specter of their own Death is staring them in the face?

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Working With Death Helps us Live Fully: Death Doula’s Caring Partnership

Working With Death Helps us Live Fully: Death Doula’s Caring Partnership

The end has been pronounced. The truth is a razor sharp knife that cuts through your mind and heart. It’s sliced through the dream of seemingly endless days and destroyed it. Ten thousand tumultuous emotions are waging war within you—along with the battle your body is clearly losing. You are lost. Your friends and family too are lost in fields of shock, disbelief, grief, helplessness, anger and loss.

“It’s not fair! Why me? I’m not done yet! I never got to….I just….Please give me a little more time….I promise I’ll….Oh Nooooooo!”

With all the loud inner voices demanding this truth not be real, how is it possible to go on?

“How can I do this thing no one has taught me to do before?”

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End of Life Doula – Flowing To Freedom With Compassionate Care

End of Life Doula – Flowing To Freedom With Compassionate Care

The atmosphere of the room is pregnant. Soft music plays as a candle flickers. Fragrance of a blossom wafts by. We are watching. The chest rises and falls ever so slightly. Now the breaths are further apart. And then, and then, there is an exhale…..minutes pass and no more breaths come. There is a luminous presence in the room. The body looks radiant. We look up at each other in tender wonder, completely swept into the Mystery. We are transformed. Death is real. The reality of it hits us. We too will die. Wow. People come. There is soft weeping and whispered prayers. Together with our end of life Doula, we adorn the body with flowers, and sit together, surprised by the power and beauty of it all.

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Train in One of the Top 10 Fastest Growing and Hottest Jobs of the Future

Train in One of the Top 10 Fastest Growing and Hottest Jobs of the Future

Become an End of Life Doula

Join one of the top 10 fastest growing jobs in the country while being part of a revolutionary movement to restore death to its sacred place within our homes and communities.

What if your next career gave you an endless flow of meaningful passionate work based in Human Caring and in undeniable facts of life?

What we know for certain: 100% of everyone ever born will die.  Each of us needs support in doing both with love, comfort, and dignity.

What if you could support your community or receive comforting healing care during death’s profound transitions in more natural, loving and less medical ways?

While our culture celebrates beginning of life and values Mid-wives and Birth Doulas, we are often unprepared for the gifts of life’s final days, lacking the support to receive death’s transformational portal and care guided by the spiritual, emotional, physical and practical care patients and families want and need.

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What End of Life Care Needs Now: An Emerging Praxis of the Sacred and Subtle

What End of Life Care Needs Now: An Emerging Praxis of the Sacred and Subtle

Conscious Dying Institute (CDI) is paving a new path in the realm of end of life (EOL) care; one emerging from awareness, humanity, dignity, caring consciousness, and a return to the sacred. The purpose herein is to discuss the emerging theoretical perspectives of CDI and to address their implications for broadening the scope of nursing and EOL care.

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End of Life Doula Resource: Find something that inspires.....

Practicing self-care is of utmost importance to End of Life Doulas.  And sometimes it's as simple as a deep, calming breath, a conscious rinsing of your face, or an inspiring verse.  May this poem bring comfort and care to those at end of life and those who serve them.

Eagle Poem, by  Joy Harjo  

To pray you open your whole self

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky

In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty.

Joy Harjo, “Eagle Poem” from In Mad Love and War. Copyright © 1990 by Joy Harjo. Reprinted with the permission of Wesleyan University Press.

End of Life Literacy Protects us ALL

End of Life Literacy Protects us ALL

Caregivers encompass uncountable numbers of an often poorly educated workforce who take care of our loved ones when we cannot. These caregivers live in our communities. They become a part of our homes and families. Increasing caring literacy for these medical and non-medical caring professionals is a way to give back. It provides a career path that not only stabilizes caregivers in the fundamental science and stages of dying, but it may increase spiritual awareness, loving kindness to self and other, and overall sense of well being as well.
Increasing end of life literacy may positively influence the patient’s experience of care, decreasing pain and suffering in our communities. It may expand our understanding of “do no harm”.  In our time of deepest vulnerability, frailty, and dependence, caring literacy protects all of us.

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What does it mean to "Occupy Death"?

“We can't control if we'll die, but we can occupy death” in the words of Peter Saul, an emergency doctor. He asks us to think about the end of our lives — and to question the modern model of slow, intubated death in hospital. Two big questions can help you start this tough conversation.

What does it mean to Occupy Death?  I think it means to Embody, transform our current death denying cultural. Just as there is no prescription to cure death, we cannot “proscribe” how to attend as people are dying.

Five Gates of Grief

Francis Weller’s Five 5 Gates of Grief are a profound inquiry. Identify your loses in each of the gates. Provide Emotional support for yourself and those facing death and loss. Everything you love you will lose. Places inside you that have not known love.  Sorrows of the world. What we expected and did not receive. Ancestral Grief: bodily holding from grief of our ancestors. Watch Francis Weller Video below.

And Join us for sacred circles and rites of passage in our End Of Life Doula Certificate!

“Death is But a Dream” with Dr. Christopher Kerr

Are the visions and visiting of those facing death illusion or a part of the dying process itself? Watch this trailer for the upcoming film: “Death is But a Dream” with Dr. Christopher Kerr!

Personal Dreamwork

Sessions With Tarron

“Tarron’s dream work is truly eye-opening, inspiring, and deeply insightful. My life, both waking and sleeping, has been enriched with a deeper resonance and understanding of my dreams and their import in my life. In her group work, she creates an environment where we all learn from each other’s dreams, while offering numerous techniques for self-investigation. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her!” — Elisabeth Thomas

Contact Tarron for Dreamwork Sessions and End of Life Coaching Sessions

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