Showing up at the Bedside

eol care Nov 23, 2021
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Making a positive difference to a person's life, especially when they are dealing with life-limiting health issues, is such a rewarding thing to be able to do. It truly is soul work.

I've created The Natural Carer training to help people support others who are facing life with a life-limiting illness, in beautiful and deeply meaningful ways. This is non-medical care that can transform the way we can show up for others, especially at the bedside. Students have included palliative care nurses, therapists, coaches, family members wanting to be able to do all they can to support their loved one. I’ve been deeply moved by seeing what each person brings to the time we have together on the course, and seeing what they also take from it.

Everyone comes to this work with their own story, their own way of showing up in this world and so what I love about this training is that it can fold neatly into other experience, training and expertise that participants have.

Justine, a palliative care nurse who recently completed the Natural Carer training said, “I feel so blessed having had the amazing opportunity to do this course and absolutely recommend it to anyone. Whether in palliative care clinical practice, or navigating your own journey or the journey of a loved one, this course gives a wealth of information and thoughtful insights into a space not often talked about. Such a beautiful and well constructed course that I know I will refer back to in many years to come.”

Students tell me that the thing that makes this course so special is that nature, compassion and soul are woven through everything. Nature has so much to teach us and when we learn ways of connecting into its healing power, it really does become powerful medicine for the soul. And techniques and ideas shared within the course help deepen those connections.

Providing a sound overview of the benefits of essential supporting documents such as Enduring Power of Attorney are also covered in the course, with content providing insights into the practicalities of preparing for end-of-life care. This includes things like helping people express the things that bring them comfort and ensuring that the appropriate paperwork is in place to ensure those wishes are recorded and met.

This work is profound. In doing the sacred work of supporting someone as they prepare for, or approach the end of life, we also need to find ways to look after ourselves. We need to understand our own responses, ideas and attitudes to death and dying and to the way we can offer compassionate care without burning out. Techniques to help us with this are woven throughout the material.

Enrolments are now open for the next intake of the Natural Carer course, which will get underway on 1 February 2022. The course is 16 weeks long and is delivered online via weekly video and PDF content and live zoom calls, with plenty of opportunity for interaction with fellow students and course creator, Georgina Langdale.

An earlybird discount is available until 15 January and places on the course are strictly limited to no more than 15 people.

Find out more here.

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