Buddhist Perspectives on End of Life Care and Advance Care Planning

Friday February 17, 9:00am - 4:00pm

In this workshop, we will explore practical uses for Buddhist teachings and techniques in the care of people who are dying. Students will learn how and where Buddhism began, how it spread and developed into its major branches, and gain an understanding of foundational Buddhist beliefs. We will examine common Buddhist practice and rituals across traditions that are relevant to end of life care.

Betty Kramer, PhD, is a Social Work Professor at the University of Wisconsin. She is a nationally recognized gerontology researcher, scholar and educator who helped to establish competencies and a national research agenda for social work research in palliative and end-of-life care. As a Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, she developed curriculum highlighting the importance of mindfulness for compassionate and ethically based social action, therapeutic intervention, and professional self-care. Betty has 28 years of experience with various forms of meditation, and a long standing interest in Eastern perspectives on mental health.

Advance Care Planning
What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? Advance care planning is a process that helps you:

  • Think about your health care values and goals;
    Consider health care choices you may have to make in the future;
  • Talk about your choices with your doctor and your loved ones; and
  • Make a written plan for the future (advance directive): Copies of an Advance Care Planning Document will be available

Pema Antoniotti, MSE, FAPC, is the Co-Founder of Joyful Path Meditation and Healing Center. Pema is a chaplain and certified yoga therapist. Pema served on the Meriter Association of Spiritual Caregiver's Faith Ambassador steering committee for three years and continues as a an ambassador and facilitator, helping to educate communities about Advance Care Planning.

Price: $65.00