Hospice Companion Certification

Program Overview

This course benefits those who are volunteering or working in a hospice setting, or caring for a dying loved one because it:

  • Teaches you what to expect in clear terms
  • Helps you know how to comfort the dying patient
  • Tells you clearly what to do to be of the most support in this, often difficult, situation
  • Prepares you with compassionate responses to each stage of the dying process.

This Hospice Companion Certification course is a 4-class Certification Program that offers you a Hospice Companion Certificate upon completion. You can show this certificate to any hospice, hospital, or health care organization, to prove your commitment to the special learning that this program offers, which prepared you to be of service.

Life is a sacred journey about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, vision, expansion of the possible, soul stretching, seeing deeply and clearly and intuitively, and taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. So is death! Since we will not live in this body forever, death cannot be “fixed” and mostly “we are just walking each other home” (Ram Dass). A companion along the way eases the process.

Hospice Companion provides non-medical holistic services accompanying  and “vigiling” a dying person to facilitate a gentle and tranquil death and support their loved ones.  Hospice Companions come from all walks of life – kind and loving people who accept “death as the final stage of growth” (Elizabeth Kubler Ross), have an interest in healing/energy work, are willing to explore their own feelings, experiences and understanding of psychosocial issues and who can be “present”.

This Certification Program was developed for those who are volunteering or working in a hospice setting, who work as caregivers, or who are caring for a loved one who is dying. It is extremely valuable as a source of support and information to anyone in these situations.

The 4 class certificate program includes:

Death as Healing

The opportunity to explore the concept of death as healing, including the physical, emotional, sociological and spiritual aspects. Learn the Despacho ritual and other rituals that ease pain, calm breathing, warm the soul and soothe the spirit with prayer, music and blessings. Demonstrate familiarity with Malm’s Theories for Caring for the
Dying and experience “Creating an End of Life Plan.”

Stages of Dying

This section discusses the 3 phases of dying (pre active, active and post death) and the associated changes and the effects of the withdrawal of the four elemental stages (earth, water, fire and air), understanding the acceptance of mortality and how to facilitate it, and the use of “Going on a Journey” Meditations.

When Words Fail You

This class identifies the needs of affirmation, reconciliation, and

transcendence as life becomes severely limited. The class maintains and de-mystifies the myths about communication with a person who is dying. The creation and conservation of the art and science of an emphatic presence is explored. The student will have a stable foundation from which to be a healing presence for the person who is in the dying process.

 “Vigiling”

Learn to recognize the skills of “vigiling” that honor the person’s experiences and nurtures their soul with love and attention as practiced in a variety of cultures, including the techniques involved in creating sacred space and the cornerstone concepts of “sitting vigil.”

Students may sign up for the complete series, or take the classes individually. Students who complete all four classes in the series and turn in an evaluation will receive the Hospice Companion Certificate.

Register for the series here (15% discount)

Choose individual classes here.

This series is taught by Cara Seekings, RN, MS, who is a RN Thanatologist with Hospice Chautauqua County. Her 4 decades of employment in Human Services, Nursing, Health Psychology and Thanatology have fostered a wide variety of experience. She is a certified EPEC Trainer, NYS Mediator/Arbitrator, Hypnotherapist, Practical Reiki Instructor and MOLST Trainer.

A long time advocate, Ms. Seekings has served in local, regional and state professional organizations and continues to serve on several Community Boards and committees.

Her honors include NYS Nurse of Distinction Award, Who’s Who in American Nursing and Educator of the Year Awards.

She’s also an Evidential and Direct Medium who served in Lily Dale, NY for many years.

What our Students say

  • This class had a lot of coooool information. This is a great introductory class. So glad I decided to take it! I learned Cleansing, Meridians, how to Find Chakras. I love that there is a place like this where i can learn about things I may not typically look for locally.

    Nicole Kimiko
  • I liked that you could feel Connie’s deepest sincerity in giving the rites. I felt a real part of the ceremony and not just like an observer. There was real power in the class. I learned that there is more to learn and to be open to new experiences.

    Susan Pendleton
  • I liked the flow of the class. The presentation was great. I learned that I want to take the “whole” course… I liked the sneak peeks of the advanced techniques. As an Intro class… it was well done. I can’t think of a way to improve on what was related.

    Jody L. Blackwell
  • “Stephanie’s class was brilliant! It broadened my understanding of the many aspects of meditation and tools that can be used to aid in meditation. The most important thing I learned was that you can fill a library full of books on the information out there about meditation, self-healing through intention, mantras, etc, and you still probably would not have all the information. Part of this is because meditation is such a powerful yet personal action. I would highly recommend this class to anyone that feels they are not meditating properly but want to learn how to be better at it, or just want to learn more about it. The techniques are very simple and user-friendly.”

    Amber Tate
  • I appreciated Connie’s down-to-earth style and sharing more of her personal stories. I now understand how to set myself apart from other intuitive readers in my area and how to ‘set the mood’ so that clients feel taken care of and are receiving a more authentic reading in person.

    Monica J. Foster
  • I loved the teacher, John Soriano. Loved the technique and it really worked. I did this through independent study- it would have been great to have been in the class but the replay was very good – basics covered very well and all questions answered without it being live. I was totally new to meridians and tapping and found learning about these energy points and the tapping technique to be of great interest. The basic technique seems to come natural as practical reiki did for me. I am interested in learning more.

    Mari J Morrison
  • It was great to receive that one on one attention. As always Alice’s classes are not only informative, but fun as well! I learned that we go through life with not only one guardian, but as we grow older another one will come into your life at the right time to guide you along your path. Alice makes learing fun and she treats you as a friend more than teacher/student.

    Debra J. Hewitt
  • This is the first class that I’ve actually taken with Alice and I loved her energy in the class! I have her book on Practical Reiki and had already started doing distance healing with only intention. This class was awesome! I actually saw the invisible person method and that helped me more in my visualization of the method. I had been doing as though the person were laying down in front of me, but the way shown was much easier to scan!

    Debbie Naillon