Present Through the End 

Accompanying a family member or friend at the end of their lives with Kirsten DeLeo .


It takes sensitivity, courage and kindness to accompany someone who is nearing death. It also takes courage to lower our defences and to meet the other where they are at – while being aware of, yet not overwhelmed by our own fears, sadness, insecurities or feelings of unease.

In this experiential workshop, you will learn practical ways to support dying people. By weaving together her knowledge of hospice and palliative care, the sacred wisdom of the Buddhist tradition and hands-on experience, Kirsten offers compassionate guidance that will support you to stay present in the face of suffering and respond to the dying person’s needs.

During this event we will explore:

  • How to hold space for another
  • How to be when we don’t know what to say or do
  • How to address common fears and concerns
  • How to respond to the needs of the dying and support them to discover their inner resources of strength and meaning
  • How to deepen compassion to attend to our sadness of loss and stress of caregiving
  • How to say good-bye, create a sacred environment and offer spiritual support at the moment of death and beyond

Kirsten Deleo is a teacher in the field of contemplative care and leads courses, workshops, and retreats worldwide. For over twenty-five years she has accompanied terminally ill patients and their families. She is one of the first contemplative-based programs in end-of-life care in the United States, now also offered in Ireland as well. Kirsten is an international trainer with the Spiritual Care Programme, a network offering contemplative-based, non-denominational education in eleven countries.

Kirsten is trained in the Hakomi mindfulness-based somatic approach to psychotherapy and has been immersed in Buddhist study and practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She is a member of the Harvard Buddhist Ministry working group.

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