Celebrating Life and Embracing Death with End-of-Life Doulas
We will be talking about what an End of Life Doula is, share some of the support services provided by Doulas, and will discuss the benefits to the dying person and their loved ones by having a Doula. We will share our experiences of being present when someone is actively dying and open up for a discussion for everyone to participate in and an opportunity to ask questions and share as a group.
An End of Life Doula is someone who accompanies the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life by offering non-medical, emotional support and companionship. A Doula will foster a safe and supportive relationship and will start the conversations that will identify the emotional, spiritual and physical wishes for end of life so that when the person is no longer able to express their wishes there is no guessing involved.
Just as a birth doula, or midwife, helps mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas bring comfort and support to those who are dying. A doula brings a quiet and powerful presence assisting in one of life’s sacred passages. Having such a presence can ease suffering and make the process less frightening for both the person who is dying and for those around them.
Lori Krause is a life, death and grief guide. Her compassionate and comforting energy provides her clients with unconditional support, guidance, understanding and healing. Her personal experience with love, loss, grief and healing guided her to become an end of life doula. She is passionate about empowering, supporting and advocating for people on their journey of living, dying and grieving. Lori is a member of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association), she is a Grief Support Facilitator with the Elizabeth Hospice Bereavement Program and a Hospice Volunteer.
Anita Neff is an independent and personal provider for home health care needs and has been in the health-care profession for more than twenty years. She provides elder care support, is a client advocate and an End-of-life Doula.
Anita has a B.S. in Health Science, has her Home Care Aid license with the State of California, is a member of INELDA (International End Of Life Doula Association), NEDA (National End-Of-Life Doula Alliance) and DoulaGivers. Anita is also a Certified Nurses Assistant and has completed multiple certifications for End-Of-Life Doula service. The San Diego Union Tribune recently interviewed Anita for an article about work as an End-Of-Life Doula. Clients choose Anita because of her integrity, promptness, ability to communicate, great work ethic and breadth
Transpersonal therapist and nun Ji Hyang Padma, Ph.D., combines an academic career with her vocation as a spiritual teacher. Ji Hyang has taught Zen for over twenty-five years, currently as a teacher within Four Vows Sangha. Ji Hyang holds a doctorate in psychology from Sofia University. At Wellesley College, Ji Hyang served as Director of Spirituality & Education Programs there. Her first book, Living the Season: Zen Practice for Transformative Times, was released in 2013. She currently serves as Director of Comparative Religion & Philosophy at the California Institute of Human Science.
Ji Hyang has conducted research with traditional Buddhist healers to explore the role of worldview in their healing practices. Working with people, she helps them find their inner resources, and reflect back the hope and wisdom that she sees within them. Her work can be found here: https://www.mountainpath.org/about
From a Buddhist perspective, it is believed that death, like life, is a journey. The consciousness opens up in a particularly powerful way at the time of death; there is the opportunity for awakening on that great journey…
In this presentation, we will explore Buddhist approaches to end-of-life, as well as art and ceremonies that can truly be a celebration of life, as based in traditional Buddhist ritual practices. Participants will write poetry, and participate in a Buddhist ceremony that commemorates their own life, including a simplified form of the Tibetan phowa (celebration of life) practice. These have been adapted, so as to be experientially welcome those of any faith tradition.
Around July 14 1970 Beverly, an agnostic, had a near-death experience in which she was taken into the heart of the universe, beyond time, to the source of truth and love, where all our deepest prayers are answered before asking. This happened when she suffered a fractured skull after a catastrophic motorcycle accident. There is another realm, so near you can almost touch it, which we inhabit even while alive, beyond time and space, where we are blessed beyond knowing and one with Spirit and all life.
The new video DVD, Understanding Veterans’ Near-Death Experiences, is NOW ON SALE on the IANDS website (($24.95 IANDS members, $29.95 non-members). Service members who have had an NDE should be assisted by medical personnel or chaplains trained to deal with those who have experienced NDEs* Helps relieve Veterans’ anxieties
Injured soldiers having had Near Death Experiences (NDEs) awaken in the hospital traumatized, in pain and often confused and very emotional about experiences they do not understand. Recalling vivid memories of being out of their bodies and visiting transcendent realms. They seek answers to their many questions, hoping for comfort and support. When their questions go unanswered or are casually dismissed, they withdraw emotionally and do not discuss their NDE further, leaving them in an emotional limbo.
However, because of lack of training, that care is often not available, and the impact of this crucial gap of care can be great. It is traumatizing, exacerbating the effects of already devastating injuries, as well as PTSD, and magnifying feelings of confusion, fear, isolation and hopeless despair. Veterans may carry these feelings for a lifetime. This new IANDS-sponsored Veterans’ NDE Training Video provides answers.
Bring a vet, your questions, suggestions, and concerns. The second part of this meeting will be an open forum.
Nelson Abreu, BSEE, PE is a Portuguese-American electrical engineer, innovation expert and consciousness author, educator and technologist based in Los Angeles. He lectures at the International Academy of Consciousness and is a member of the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) consortium.
He has contributed to several books and publications, the latest of which is Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences. Nelson is a co-founder of design, technology, and well-being startup Neumascape Studio, where he co-creates consciousness technologies.
He began experiencing and studying transformative phenomena like out-of-body experiences (OBEs) in 1998. He has developed techniques and technologies to facilitate such states and presented at conferences and workshops in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
About the Book
“Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences”
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Experiences is an exploration of psi phenomena through real accounts and testimonies of everyday people.
This book includes a collection of real-life stories of people who have had transformative experiences, like telepathy and out-of-body experiences.
They suggest that such experiences happen spontaneously to people from all walks of life. Some also demonstrate that some of these extraordinary phenomena can be facilitated by training or optimal conditions.
It becomes evident that such abilities could have a significant impact on our personal and collective spiritual development.
Utilizing a more objective perspective, this collection of extraordinary narratives provides guideposts and opens important doors in the ever-expanding study of consciousness
San Diego IANDS exists for people in the San Diego County and surrounding area who have had a near-death and/or related experiences or who have personal or professional interest in such experiences. The group provides a forum in which to discuss such experiences and their meaning and integration into subsequent life.
Dr. Kason has five published books, her most recent, Touched by the Light: Exploring Spiritually Transformative Experiences, (2019), in which she shares the conclusions from her 40 years of STE research with about 100 case stories, including the stories of her own 5 NDEs. It is a guide to help NDE and STE Experiencers, as well as their family, friends, and counselors.
Dr. Yvonne Kason MD, MEd, CCFP, FCFP, is the current President of IANDS, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and an author, public speaker, and media resource. A pioneer in the field of spirituality in health-care, she is a retired family physician and transpersonal psychotherapist who previously taught at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kason is an internationally renowned medical expert on Near-Death Experiences (NDEs) and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences (STEs), who has had five Near-Death Experiences and multiple STEs herself. Propelled by a powerful kundalini awakening in 1976 and an NDE in a 1979 airplane crash, she began to research NDEs and other spiritual experiences. In 1990 she became the first Canadian medical doctor to specialize her medical practice in the research and counseling of patients with NDEs and other STEs. Dr., Kason first coined the phrase “Spiritually Transformative Experiences” in 1994, a term which is now the industry standard. Spiritually Transformative Experiences include Near-Death Experiences, Mystical Experiences, Kundalini Awakening, Psychic Experiences, and Inspired Creativity.
Spirit Is Real
Life is bigger and more beautiful than we imagine. More fascinating, too. The current mainstream view of reality that we see on the TV and even in most movies, is of a world where we must struggle to survive. What if there was a magical component to life, right at the edge of our awareness?
Most of us were raised to treat death as a gloomy and morbid matter. And, we are raised to out-compete the other students, to become to the top our classes, and #1 on the sports field. For pride and fun, sure; but underneath, for a sense of scarcity: there are a limited number of jobs, success, and abundance in the world, and we’d better make sure not to be one of the unlucky ones that falls behind.
Life becomes about competition, and mostly not the friendly kind. You see how most people live in this fear. This stress and anxiety. Homelessness could be a missed paycheck or two away. A large fraction of society on anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications.
Near death experiencer (NDEr) Anita Moorjani talks about this fear. And that she learned in her NDE that life is meant to be lived with joy and self-empowerment. This all comes from remembering and becoming aware of the world of Spirit all around us. We don’t die; NDErs show us this. Mediums communicate accurate and very touching and deep messages from our loved ones in Spirit.
We are spiritual beings in these temporary human bodies. And we are meant to shine in love and cooperation.
I feel that the world needs to awaken to and remember this fact more than anything right now: Spirit is real, and knowing this changes everything. Yes, we are still living in this world, but moreso “not of it,” as the wisdom goes. Life is really not about scarcity and fearful competition. We are all one, and near death experiencers learn this firsthand. Spirit is real, and we can and ideally should apply this and live it. For the happiest and most fulfilling time on Earth.
Ned Matinnia is a seeker who, from a young age, longed to know why things are they way they are. How things work. Is there a purpose or reason for life, beyond just existing? He has studied the world’s major religions, but he really found the answers he was looking for when he discovered near death experiences. Mediums too.
As a former atheistically-leaning agnostic in his teenage years, and a lover of science, it was natural that he would be led to think that there is no purpose for life, and that we are purely and evolutionary random accident.
What near-death experiences and mediums, and other healers, have shown him is that there definitely is a reason for being here on Earth, and that we chose to come here. We signed our soul contracts. Often with wide latitude in certain areas, but contracts nonetheless.
The learning, wisdom, and awakening that real spiritual experiences give humanity is one of his deepest passions. He is a budding medium himself, with a day job in computers; another one of his major interests.
His Facebook group Near Death Experiences (Return from Death), has 40,000 members.. He has worked on the IANDS Board and helped with several recent conferences.
Stay at Home! Stay Safe! The Om Center (and all other religious sites) is closed by Governor’s Orders.
Beverly Brodsky, will be replacing Ivanhoe Chaput on August 1, close to the 50th anniversary of my NDE, which moved my center from my head to my heart. It helped me heal from Stage 3B breast cancer this year.
About Colette Dupont:
Colette Dupont is an Energy Healer who combines Pranic Healing and Shamanic techniques in her treatments. She also communicates with Spirit through EVP (electronic voice phenomena) and posts the transcriptions and audible recordings on her website, Pranicspark.com.
Colette heard voices, received messages and knew things that were going to happen from an early age. She rarely shared this with anyone, but simply made use of it. Often she would get information to do something for someone and just followed the nudge of Spirit.
After the passing of a close relative she asked for proof of life after death and received it in a Spiritually Transformative Experience which she will share in the presentation along with the history, current information and directions on how to communicate with your loved ones in Spirit via electronic voice recording on your laptop or smartphone.
Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)
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Electronic Voice Phenomena- Can We Really Speak to Other Worlds and the deceased?
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