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End-of-Life Doula Training Offered in Weston

On August 5-7, The Alliance for Conscious Transitioning in Weston will present Vigil Doula Training Class led by Henry Fersko-Weiss, LCSW. Fersko-Weiss created the first end-of-life doula program in the United States in 2003 and is co-founder of International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA). End-of-life doulas support and guide people and their loved ones emotionally, physically and spiritually through the dying process. The focus is on how to make a person’s last days meaningful.

This 22-hour weekend training includes how to initiate planning for end-of life; setting the physical space in regards to sight, sound and feel; becoming aware of symptoms and signs of imminent death; attending to emotions and the need for sacredness; creating guided visualizations and rituals; planning legacy projects; assisting with basic physical care; and ensuring the patient doesn’t have to die alone.

Since the 1920s, death has become less about the ideas and practice of our family’s ancestors and traditions and more of a medical matter. The concept of end-of-life doulas is a new movement responding to a need to present alternative approaches to this time in our lives. This workshop is intended for family members, caregivers, nurses, clergy, social workers, community members and others that are interested. The fee is $375 per person.

For more information or to register, visit AllianceFCT.com, email Info@AllianceFCT.com or call 203-912-2791. Location: Liphe Balance Center, 36 Michaels Way, Weston. See ad, page 15.

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