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Workshops - Available for Clergy, Parish Nurses, Pastoral Lay Leaders


Members of the clergy and other religious and lay leaders are called upon frequently to provide compassionate care to those facing the end of life. They must help patients and their family members deal effectively with the physical, financial and emotional pain and grief that comes with life-limiting illness.


In an effort to help leaders of faith-based communities be better prepared for this important role, the Palliative Care Partnership of the Roanoke Valley offers educational programs on a variety of topics. The topics address issues designed to help clergy become more proficient in providing care for the terminally ill and dying. The programs run approximately one hour.


Advance Directives and Ethical Issues

It's important for individuals to have conversations with family members and loved ones about choices they face at the end of life. This program discusses how advance directives can be used to document choices. It examines the different types of advance directives and their limitations. Also explored are the basics of palliative care and ethical issues that typically arise at the end of life.


Pain Assessment and Management

This program discusses in detail the following points: Physical Pain at the end of life, in most cases, can be effectively controlled. Throughout time, people have been able to use their suffering as a catalyst for growth and wisdom. In giving words to your pain and suffering, you can begin to find tremendous relief. There are many resources for managing pain effectively---use them.


Signs and Symptoms of the Dying Process

This workshop focuses on eight signs and symptoms and body system changes that are common during the final stages of illness, other than pain. Each symptom is described, including what the caregiver might expect during this time. The focus in each case is on how caregivers can help and what they can do to alleviate the symptom and provide comfort.


What Listening Says to the Dying

This session will look at the essentials of communication in the most basic form. It will then move into how we can improve and make communication more effective. This session will also take a look at some of the most common barriers to effective communication and then end up talking about what happens to the communication model when stress is applied.


Spiritual Care of the Dying and Terminally Ill

One of the greatest needs at end-of-life is for a person to have the opportunity to explore spirituality and relationship to God/Other. Unfortunately, many of us confuse spirituality with religion and don't recognize spiritual issues that are presented to us by dying persons. This workshop uses participant-generated imagery to enter into discussions about spirituality and religion for the person who is facing a life-limiting illness.


Grief, Bereavement and Post-Death Care

The experience of grief is rooted in biblical texts and is one of the most common experiences of life. This workshop examines grief as a normal part of life. It identifies the process of grief and interventions that those working in the church setting can make to assist with the healing process.

Charles Hite

Director of Biomedical Ethics

Carilion Health System,

540 981-8096

Richard Brown


Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital

540 985-9090

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