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Understand Our Relationship to Dying and Living

Author and recognized expert on caring for the dying, Judith Redwing Keyssar will be signing her book and teaching a four-hour class titled: Last Acts of Kindness – Lessons for the Living.


San Marcos, Calif. — Sept. 4, 2014 Whether it’s a healthcare professional looking to earn continuing education credits or anyone wanting to increase their understanding and ability to assist with the emotional and spiritual care of the dying, this half-day workshop will inspire a gentle change in one’s relationship with death. The author and instructor Judith Redwing Keyssar, demonstrates how death is a natural pacert of the cycle of life.

Keyssar teaches that by understanding the dying process more fully people can be more helpful to those in that phase of life as well as be more prepared for their own mortality. Last Acts of Kindness – Lessons for the Living is a four-hour workshop, taking place at the event’s co-sponsor, Silverado at the Silverado Encinitas Memory Care Community, 335 Saxony Rd, Encinitas, CA on September 18th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seating is limited and advance registration is available on the website. Group discounts are available by contacting: Cindy Gordon, CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care: email me or call: 760-750-8718.

Nurses and social workers can earn Continuing Education Credits for completing this course.*


At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effect of one’s emotional/spiritual/psychological aspects and experiences (i.e., self-awareness) in relation to his/her clinical practice or caregiving roles
  • Utilize the power of stories and experience to work with other professionals and non-professionals in discussions relating to palliative and end-of-life care
  • Recognize the importance of completing one’s own Advance Directive for healthcare and communicating about this, as a model of self-awareness and self-care for colleagues, friends, and family as well as patients
  • Discuss how spiritually inclusive palliative care of the dying can be integrated into all clinical settings and daily life
  • Develop the ability to share theory and experiences on the topics of palliative and end-of-life care

This course is built on the multi-dimensional practices of contemplative caregiving: bio-psycho-social-spiritual theory, therapeutic interventions, and mindfulness skills. The course provides concepts of caring for the dying that are both caregiver and client/patient focused, and rely on self-awareness and well-developed interpersonal communication skills.

About the Author/Instructor:

Judith Redwing Keyssar, RN, BA, Author

  • Director of Palliative Care Jewish Family and Children’s Services, San Francisco, California
  • Steering Committee Member, California State University Institute of Palliative Care
  • Author: Last Acts of Kindness

*Nurses will receive 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the California BRN and Social Workers will receive 4 CEUs through the California BBS.

About the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care

The CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care is America’s first statewide educational and workforce development initiative dedicated to palliative care. The Institute offers professional development and continuing education courses designed to enhance the skills of current and future health care professionals. It also delivers customized corporate education and community awareness programs designed to increase awareness of palliative care across California and around the nation.

To Learn More About This Course Contact: Cindy Gordon, CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care: email me or call: 760-750-4006.

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