End-of-Life Care: Discussions on the Needs of the Dying
What do dying people say they really need? How can we help them? And what lessons are there for me?
In this introductory course of facilitated discussion sessions we will share our knowledge and experiences and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Testimonials from Module 1:
“I feel you are doing a wonderful job so far bringing us altogether to share useful experiences, ideas, and knowledge”
“Very relaxed and informal, we looked at topics from many angles thus enhancing our prior experiences and memories”
Module 3 Course Dates
7:30 – 8:30pm Thursday 25 August
7:30 – 8:30pm Thursday 1 September
7:30 – 8:30pm Thursday 8 September
7:30 – 8:30pm Thursday 15 September
The venue will be the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, 64 Banksia Terrace, Kensington 6151.
Module 3 of the course in End-of-Life Care will comprise four guided discussions on how people feel and what they need most at the end of their life.
This course will better equip you to face death and help you to know what to do for loved ones you are caring for.
Those with an interest in the emotional and spiritual side will find the course especially helpful.
In the third of the three ‘Modules’ of the course, we will discuss ‘psychological and spiritual’ issues from the point of view of the dying person. For example, giving me hope after death, letting go of me and not clinging to me, creating a loving, peaceful atmosphere, helping me say my prayers, helping me find meaning in my life.
The End-of-Life Care course will be the ideal introduction for those wishing to explore the possibility of volunteering in the Pure Land’s new premises, which will be ready for occupation during 2023.
There are currently no COVID rules in force at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre. This includes no masks, no registration and no limits on the number of persons in attendance.
The cost will be $30 for one, two, three or four sessions. We do not have portable equipment for processing credit card payments on the night.
Topics for Discussion
After 20 years in palliative care, Christine Longaker summarized what she had learnt in an original way (see her book Facing Death and Finding Hope): she put herself in the shoes of the dying person and asked, “What is it I most need? Why am I difficult at times?” Each topic in our Thursday evening discussion sessions is based on her findings. To answer many of the questions that arise, we find Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s book How to Enjoy Death very helpful.
There will be two or three topics set for discussion each Thursday evening. We will spend about half an hour on each topic. The facilitators will guide the discussions. The topics are listed below.
25 August: Let’s settle our unfinished business. Let me go; don’t hang on to me. Help me to reflect on my life; what were the good things I did?
1 September: Don’t pretend to be strong and have the answers; be sad with me. Remind me I can still extend my compassion to others. My insights into dying may help you.
8 September: Help me to discover my own spiritual path. Give me hope after death. Help me find my own way ‘home’.
15 September: Help me to say my prayers; create a loving and peaceful atmosphere. Let me go and wish me well; don’t cling to me.
This course is organized by The Pure Land of the Indestructible Buddha, an incorporated association and a registered charity. The contact persons are Len Warren and Sue Lee firstname.lastname@example.org and https://purelandcentre.org.au
The Pure Land aims to build and operate a purpose-built, multi-faith facility that is peaceful, caring and specially designed for those who wish to focus on the spiritual and emotional side in their last weeks. The organizing committee comes mainly from the Buddhist tradition but the Pure Land is open to all. The facility is not a hospice and more details can be found on the website.