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The Hospice Of The Heart Trust: Gentle Dying Courses

The Hospice of the Heart Trust is a UK registered charity (1120811) and a company Limited by Guarantee ( 6135708 )

The Hospice of the Heart courses are for everyone, everywhere , especially hospital and palliative care specialists, and complementary therapists but also the wider public.We focus on all aspects of death and dying, helping people to achieve a good death, as well as living life to the full during the last years, months and days.

Most of the courses are held at Rax House, a quiet and tranquil Georgian house in Bridport , Dorset which is surrounded by a large organic garden. All courses include mid-morning refreshments a vegetarian lunch and a scrummy tea either in the cosy kitchen or out in the garden(depending on weather). There is plenty of parking close by.

Please email courses@hospiceoftheheart.org for details of courses, dates and availability or look at our website www.hospiceoftheheart.org

The Gentle Dying Method

A one day certificated course fee: £95 includes course notes and lunch

The Gentle Dying Method is a new approach to helping people to die well. It explores simple, effective, non-invasive, safe physical, emotional and psycho-spiritual ways to enhance the dying experience for patients and their carers. Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, working with touch, sound, colour and smell to ease the process of dying for both patients and carers. It draws on the traditional idea of keeping a vigil, a mindful and compassionate watch over those in the final stages of life to enable the final stages of life to be a rich and positive experience. The Gentle Dying Method can be used in hospitals, care homes and hospices as well as for carers looking after patients at home.

Nearing Death Awareness

A three day certificated course fee: £295 for individuals and £395 for employer funded entrants. Includes course notes and lunches on each day

This course is an extension and addition to topics covered in the Gentle Dying Method course above. It is aimed at people who are considering becoming practitioners in social, health or residential settings . This course includes vigils, communication, the use of gentle touch, meditation, working with essences, oils, music and sound and specific breathing and visualisation techniques. There are also suggestions and practical information on working within each level of the four stages of dying framework.


How to Have a Good Death

A one day course fee:£95 to include lunch

Is it possible to plan a good death? Yes it certainly is....but don't leave it too long before finding out! This is a practical and uplifting day exploring our options and inspirations for what we would like to happen to us at the end of our lives and how to set plans for this in place. Participants will take home a Good Death plan that they have worked on during the day


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