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[Online] Alternative & Body Therapies for End of Life and Grief Support

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT October 1 Location: Online


This online panel discussion will provide attendees with an increased understanding of how the diverse array of modalities known as complimentary and alternative therapies are used alongside conventional offerings for patients and clients at the end of life and for grief support.

Panel participants will share their expertise on the following:

  • The role and value of acupuncture in end of life care, including what a home-hospice acupuncture treatment is like and which common end-of-life symptoms are eased with acupuncture as an adjunct therapy.
  • Reiki therapy, including the appropriate delivery of Reiki for an end of life setting, and three ways in which Reiki potentiates palliative care.
  • How aromatherapy and vocal music are used in end of life environments as calming support for clients, families and care workers. This will include key times when these complementary modalities can be most helpful to clients, and how to suggest their incorporation into the care setting.
  • How the diverse array of modalities under the umbrella of naturopathic medicine are used at the end of life, either in conjunction with or as alternatives to conventional offerings, depending on the patient’s goals of care. A case study will expose participants to some of these modalities, and help them consider when to refer patients/clients for this adjunct care.

Panelists will discuss their respective modalities and approach to end of life care and/or grief support, followed by a discussion and Q&A.

About the Presenters:

Stephanie Kaplan, ND is a naturopathic primary care physician providing family medicine to newborns, teens, and adults of all ages. She has supported her patients through life transitions: birth, puberty, menopause, aging, and dying. She now focuses her attention and practice on older adults.

Heather Michet is a Registered Aromatherapist, Reiki Master and Ceremonial Songstress supporting clients, their families and care workers during end-of-life and throughout the grieving process. Utilizing tools and techniques rooted in the 4 elements, her products and services promote peace for those at end-of-life.

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma and PTSD. She is the author of two award-winning books. Susan offers complementary therapies as a Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master, Kripalu trained yoga teacher, and shamanic healer in the Celtic tradition.

Susan Wilmoth, LA provides end-of-life acupuncture for both Providence Hospice and Kindred Hospice (formerly Odyssey Hospice). She feels honored to serve patients along the full spectrum of vitality, from vibrant living to graceful dying. She does this by offering Chinese medicine as a system of holistic care, using acupuncture and other supportive therapies to naturally and effectively address a person’s needs for recovery, health, and self-care.

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Event Details

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Registration Rates

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs. Alumni save 20%
Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs available for $20. View NWADEBS membership information
L&C Students, Faculty, Adjuncts and Staff: Free 
Lewis & Clark School Based Mentors and Clinical Supervisors: Free

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