To take good care of others, we need to be in good shape ourselves. It’s a simple idea, but it’s easy to overlook — especially at the end of life, when physical and emotional limits are tested.
This April, participants of Medicine X | ED are invited to attend a workshop in Mindful Caregiver Education led by Loren Pogir and Kate Nitze of the Zen Hospice Project. The class will focus on the development of self-awareness, non-judgmental presence, resiliency and responsiveness in people who are now, or who might be in the future, in the position of tending to someone who’s dying. Distinct modules will cover: the cultivation of mindfulness for compassionate care; communication skills; personal relationships to loss and grief and the impact on caregiving; emotions, resilience and burnout; the psychosocial stages of the dying process; social support through council practices; and navigating end-of-life decisions to increase the likelihood that care reflects the goals and values of the person receiving it.
Read more about the Zen Hospice Project and its former executive director, B.J. Miller, in this recent New York Times magazine profile and register to attend Medicine X | ED here: http://medxlive.stanford.edu/