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Understanding the Needs of The Dying
Understanding the Needs of The Dying


When:  Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

David Kessler, best-selling author, collaborator with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and well-known expert on palliative care, hospice and end-of-life issues, will provide you with the newest information on death, grief and deathbed phenomena & real, tested, engaging information you will not find anywhere else.

Delve deeper into the mysteries of life and death exploring key topics
  • New studies on deathbed visions, and the role they play in end-of-life care
  • Tools for sensitivity and discretion for balancing wishes of the dying and family with medical, ethical and legal considerations
  • Communication strategies for necessary, difficult and emotion conversations
  • Deeper insight on how anticipatory grief shapes end-of-life experiences
  • Understand why children are often the forgotten grievers, and how to help
  • Cultural differences and new sensitivity to care
  • Assisted suicide

It's guaranteed to be a day that will enhance your work as a caregiver and David will provide so much insight, tools, strategies and inspiring information, you'll look forward to the next day at your work ... so you can immediately begin to use all you have learned.

  1. Identify common needs of the dying and ways to meet across many health care settings.
  2. Discover ways to discuss end of life issues while allowing miracles and hope.
  3. Identify the differences and commonalities of palliative and hospice care models.
  4. Define anticipatory grief and how it shapes the end of life experience for patients and families.
  5. Gain tools and techniques to manage our own reactions to loss in the workplace.
  6. Interpret and resolve conflict regarding advance directives and code status.
  7. Describe tools to help children cope with a love one dying.
  8. Identify common characteristics of deathbed visions and normalize them for families.
  9. Prepare techniques for running a successful family conference.
  10. Define how fears about pain addiction can play a role in family dynamics at the end of life.
  11. Outline the role of spirituality and its role in the last years of life.

Signs of Impending Death
  • Preparing family for physical changes
  • Interventions for coping with emotional changes in the family
  • Using near death awareness as a predictor in clinical settings
Palliative Care Model
  • Academic settings vs community
  • Physician led vs non physician led
  • Roles of physician, nurse, social worker, case manager, discharge planner, clergy
  • What’s best – hospital, home health, hospice, skilled nursing facility
  • Joint commission certification
  • Removing barriers
  • How hospice can increase length of stay while decreasing hospital time
  • Bereavement services to enhance community partnerships
Death Related Sensory Experiences (Death Bed Visions)
  • Effective and ineffective models for family coping and integration
  • Religion in patients’ deathbed visions
  • Using the law to normalize the dying experience
  • Clinical/palliative care studies, research of new death awareness
Advance Directives
  • Physician order for life sustaining treatment
  • Make advance directives useful and medically effective
  • D.N.R. (do not resuscitate) vs. A.N.D. (allow natural death)
  • Code status and impact on the grieving process
Anticipatory Grief
  • Treatment strategies for hospice, palliative care and mental health care professionals
  • Tools for normalizing
Helping the Dying Patient’s Children
  • How the media shapes a child’s view of death
  • Tools for preparing a child for loss
  • Interventions for coping with funerals
  • Why children are often the forgotten grievers and how to help
The Ethics Committee and End of Life
  • How and when to use your ethics committee
  • How and why members of the end of life team can participate
  • Techniques for helping families get the most out of the ethics meetings
  • Avoid the common pitfalls of ethics committees at the end of life
Hope and Miracles
  • How to help families integrate desire for miracles at the end of life
  • Techniques for honoring hope without fostering denial
Cultural Differences
  • Affecting care of the dying
  • Tools for successfully bridging the gap with healthcare providers and families
The Question of Assisted Suicide
  • Understanding the current debate
  • The realities of withdrawing care vs assisted suicide
  • Learn techniques for addressing patient’s requests for assisted suicide within the facilities and health care provider’s belief system


David Kessler, is one of the world’s foremost experts on healing and loss. His experiences with thousands of people on the edge of life and death have taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life.

He is the author of five bestselling books. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling book, received praise from Mother Teresa. He co-authored two bestsellers, On Grief and Grieving and Life Lessons, with the legendary Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. His latest book, You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After Breakup, Divorce or Death, was co-authored with Louise Hay. It was a #1 bestseller in Divorce as well as loss. He worked with Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.

David’s work has been discussed in the Los Angeles Times, Business Week and Life Magazine, and has been featured on CNN-Cross Fire, NBC, Fox, PBS, Dr. Oz and Entertainment Tonight. David is a contributing writer on, Dr. Oz’s, eHarmony, Anderson Cooper 360, The Huffington Post and The Psychotherapy Networker Magazine.

David has a master’s degree in Health Care Bioethics from Loyola Marymount University. He did his undergraduate work at University of Southern California and became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management. He also is the founding chairperson for the Hospital Association of Southern California Palliative Care Committee. He spent over a decade as part of the management team for a 650 bed – three hospital system in Los Angeles County. His volunteerism includes being a specialist reserve officer for the LAPD as well as being on the Red Cross mental health care team. His websites, and have had over one million visitors.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: David Kessler is president of David Kessler, Inc. He is an author for Simon & Schuster – New York and receives royalties. Mr. Kessler receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: David Kessler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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