End of Life Project
The Complete Life is a two-part curriculum developed as part of a larger effort to improve end-of-life care in Hawai`i. Designed specifically for faith communities but utilized among caregivers, professionals, and paraprofessionals working in the field of aging.
The Complete Life offers two 12-session guidebooks, Care of the Dying and Care of the Bereaved. Each provides information and experiential exercises on spiritual, cultural, physical and practical aspects of care. Workshops range from a few hours to a series of afternoons or evenings.
- To help individuals gain comfort, knowledge, and skills so they can better care for dying persons, their loved ones, and those who grieve.
- To help develop a compassionate and skilled ministry for the dying and bereaved through the provision of training and ongoing support to laity, faith leaders, and volunteer caregivers.
- To increase spiritually and culturally appropriate resources for the dying and bereaved in Hawai`i.
Participants will learn:
- A basic knowledge of the dying and grieving process.
- How to recognize pain, advocate for good pain control, and minimize pain and suffering.
- What to do when death occurs.
- Practical and meaningful ways to assist the dying and grieving.
- A broader sense of cultural and spiritual awareness and sensitivity.
- How to have caring conversations.
- Options for end-of-life care and support for survivors.
- To explore their own spiritual values and faith teachings that can provide assistance on the journey of dying and grieving.