Date(s) - 11/07/2015
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Being with Dying, a Wksp with Pierre Zimmerman
This is a one-day special workshop for professional caregivers, family members and/or friends who are assisting people in their journey of catastrophic illness and transition in life towards death. The presentation will explore the beneficial ways to be present, how to serve people who are experiencing physical, emotional, cognitive, attentional, identity and dignity losses. Didactic lecture and experiential exercises will be intertwined during the workshop.
We will explore some of the obstacles and trouble spots in caregiving that prevent us from being present, discerning differences between helping & serving, and how to cultivate loving-kindness for oneself and non-referential compassion for others.
About Pierre Zimmerman:
Pierre Zimmerman has been working in Behavioral and Elder Health Care for over 30 years in many capacities in the US and in Canada. He holds a BA in psychology/philosophy and an MS degree in organizational management. Pierre was ordained as a Buddhist Chaplain from Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe in 2011 and worked at The D’Amour Cancer Care Center at Baystate Medical Center as an interfaith chaplain-in-training for American Clinical Pastoral Certification (ACPC). He is now mentoring chaplaincy students and teaching core programs at the Upaya Zen Institute in Santa Fe. Pierre received his mindfulness training at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, where he trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and Diana Kamila to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Contact Pierre at 413-992-7012 or Pzimmie@hotmail.com