Meditation can be practiced in many forms – from guided imagery to mindfulness to compassion and loving-kindness. Each has a special place in the hospice and palliative care setting, and can empower patients, families and professional caregivers alike to skillfully tend to physical and emotional suffering, deepen interpersonal connections, build resilience, and explore themes of forgiveness, gratitude, meaning, and love. Participants
will learn how to choose situation-appropriate techniques for both end-of-life care and bereavement, while exploring ways to apply the practices to their own life, so they can authentically share them with the people they serve.
- Summarize the research and philosophies that support meditation as an effective intervention in the hospice and palliative care setting.
- Differentiate three types of meditation practices and their specific applications.
- Discuss a trauma-sensitive approach for facilitating meditation-based interventions during end-of-life care and grief.