This class gives students 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
- Experience “Creating an End of Life Plan.”
This class is one of four in the Hospice Companion Certification Program.
This certification 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.
The 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.
A 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.