We are excited to welcome world-renowned teacher and end-of-life care educator, Frank Ostaseski, to Duluth in April. He will present two free workshops to community members and healthcare professionals that focus on the subject of mindful and compassionate end-of-life care.
Session 1: Being a Compassionate Presence
Audience: General public, family members, clinicians and medical students
Tuesday, April 1
Sign-in/Social Hour: 6:00-6:30 pm
Presentation: 6:30-8:30 pm
Holiday Inn Duluth
200 W. 1st St.
Duluth, MN 55802
Cost is free, though pre-registration is required. Click here to register now.
In this special presentation for the general public, family members, clinicians and medical students, Frank will discuss the challenges, rewards and lessons learned on the journey of being a “compassionate companion” to seriously ill or dying loved ones. He speaks of the journey as a continuous discovery, requiring courage and flexibility. A journey that asks us to open, take risks and forgive constantly. Frank will share inspiring stories drawn from over 30 years at the bedside and introduce his “Five Precepts of Service.” These five practices are invaluable tools for accompanying others facing serious illness or death, while also having relevance for each of us in living a wise and compassionate life.
A social hour with hors d’oeuvres will take place prior to the session at 6:00 pm.
Session 2: Mindful and Compassionate Service
Audience: Healthcare professionals and those dedicated to end-of-life care (4.4 contact hours of continuing education will be provided)
Wednesday, April 2
Sign-in: 7:30-8:00 am
Presentation: 8:00 am-12:00 pm
The Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
Cost is free, though pre-registration is required. This session is full.
Healthcare professionals and others dedicated to end-of-life care face increasing institutional constraints, exposure to intense suffering, multiple deaths, the potential for secondary trauma and emotional exhaustion that can dramatically impact the clinician’s personal well-being and their ability to offer patients the best care possible. These stressors can contribute to self-neglect, distancing from patients and a disconnection from their motivating intention to serve.
During this half-day seminar, participants will explore three key elements that support healthy, renewing and sustainable ways to work in the current environment that leads to an experience that is invigorating, rather than depleting. The development of self awareness leads to self-responsibility, an ability to concentrate on tasks, emotional resilience, self-knowledge and an integrated sense of well-being. Cultivating compassion fosters self care and an empathetic engagement with patients that is present-time oriented, well-boundaried and sensitively attuned. Self-awareness and compassion combine with the skillful action necessary to serve others effectively with gratitude and commitment. Participants learn to listen deeply, communicate clearly, work collaboratively with colleagues and provide care that is relationship-centered.
Frank Ostaseski is a dynamic and visionary Buddhist teacher and international lecturer. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide broad-based education on mindful and compassionate end-of-life care. He is a frequent keynote speaker for healthcare organizations such as Harvard, the Mayo Clinic and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by the Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families. For more information, please visit www.mettainstitute.org.
These sessions are made possible by the generous support of Essentia Health, Merrill Lynch Sieh Yung Group, St. Luke’s Foundation and the Miller-Dwan Foundation.