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Hospice San Luis Obispo County offers a course that explores attending to the dying 

–Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) invites the public to attend a course to help prepare participants for being with the others at end of life “Being in the Time of Dying: Preparing Yourself and Another Through Immanency and Death” is facilitated by Robert Sachs. Sachs, a Licensed Independent Social Worker, has worked as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor in both New Mexico and California since 1993. The course will take place on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at King David’s Masonic Lodge, 859 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo.

The course invites participants to create a conscious dying scenario that uplifts and brings an even deeper peace and transformation for caregivers. Participants will use a working model of the five element theory of Asian medicine and philosophy; identify physical and emotional markers in the dying process, including language; identify two methods of non-medical support during immanency; and use dying and death preparatory exercises and meditations. This course is appropriate for professionals, caregivers, family members or any person who wants to listen more deeply and attend to the body, mind, and spirit of the dying with greater clarity.

“My goal is to help participants feel a sense of peace, empowerment, and competency in being with loved ones and/or clients in the sacred moments that lead to their final breath,” said Sachs. “In a time that our culture tells us is helpless and hopeless, I want people to know while there may be pain and sadness, we can all learn to become loving stewards and guides.”

Being in the Time of Dying is sponsored by Hospice of SLO County, Provider 59590. This course meets the qualifications for seven hours of continuing education credit for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This course costs $45 without CEUs and $55 with CEUs. Cost includes a copy of “Rebirth Into Pure Land” by Robert Sachs. Preregistration is required. To register or for more visit the Hospice SLO County website or call (805) 544-2266.

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County), a local, 501(c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer, non-medical hospice, has been providing county-wide in-home respite care, emotional support, practical assistance, and comfort to individuals who are experiencing the impact of a life-limiting illness for over 40 years. The organization also offers grief-counseling services, including individual, family and group counseling, to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. All Hospice SLO County services are provided at no charge and are supported through direct donations and fundraising events.

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