605 – Therapy and the Dying Client

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Saying Goodbye with Meaning and Purpose
DAVID KESSLER

As baby boomers are now more than ever facing their own mortality, therapists are being called upon to play an increasingly important role in the last chapter of life. While therapists often receive education in grief, they typically have very little understanding of the dying client and what it means to complete life well. What they often fail to understand is that the death shapes the grief. Complicated death easily turns into a complicated grief for the family. The presenter will share from his experiences sitting at countless deathbeds how to help clients find a good death and say goodbye with meaning and purpose. We’ll examine how to:

  • Understand the impact of assisted suicide death laws on the therapist’s role
  • Help dying clients embrace the regrets of the past and face an uncertain future
  • Turn death from a time of victimhood to meaningful intentionality

David Kessler, MN, RN, is one of the world’s foremost experts on death and grief and author of five bestselling books, two with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and one with Louise Hay. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, received praise from Mother Theresa. He is founder of grief.com, which has been a resource to over one million visitors.

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