The Power of Ritual Practices for CaregiversFebruary 19th, 2021
Kitty EdwardsExecutive Director, The Living & Dying Consciously Project and No Regrets ProjectHost: Barry Erdman
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About The Presentation
(Rescheduled from 3/20 due to Covid shut down)
Note: This is an interactive presentation in which participants will practice simple rituals to build resilience and relieve stress. Please have the following items available during this presentation:
- 3 stones that fit nicely in the palm of your hand
- 1 vessel of water (vase, jar, glass)
During our lives we cross many thresholds in which we take up new roles and responsibilities or let go of old roles and responsibilities. In our culture we are good at creating rituals for new beginnings (baptisms, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, and weddings). We are not so accomplished at creating rituals that recognize and honor the endings in our lives.
The cared for and the caregiver cross many thresholds as they navigate an illness. Caregivers for those with chronic or terminal conditions, do their work while standing on shifting sands as conditions decline. The task of caregiving is challenging, exhausting and at times overwhelming.
Ritual practices help caregivers improve their confidence, lessen grief and build resilience. Ritual practices offer us a way to step out of ordinary time and place. Within the sacred space created by rituals, we find purpose, peace and connection to the universal experience.
Kitty will describe ritual practices gathered from caregivers in Colorado. She will also facilitate the No Regrets: Living with Dying ritual meditation for attendees.
About the Presenter
Kitty Edwards, MA is the Executive Director of The Living & Dying Consciously Project, a non-profit organization that strives to empower individuals to build resilience as they navigate the complexities of living with loss, aging and dying. She is the co-founder of the No Regrets Project and Conversations on Death in Boulder, Colorado. Kitty is a keynote speaker, author, sacred ceremonialist and master teacher.
Kitty teaches workshops for hospice & medical professionals, caregivers and those who are interested in changing their relationship with death. She helps folks confronted with death find the courage to release their fears. Kitty is the author of Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying and articles for Natural Transitions Magazine, “No Regrets: Living with Dying” and “Death as a Rite of Passage.”
She has a master’s degree in both History & Education from the University of Colorado. She studied rituals practices on three continents and is a graduate of the Master’s Program of the Healing the Light Body School of The Four Winds Society. Kitty is also a Certified HeartMath® Resilient Advantage™Trainer.
View the recording of this presentation HERE
View resources mentioned in this presentation HERE
Conscious Caregiving Series https://www.livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org/
The Living & Dying Consciously Project www.livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org
Listen to 2/18/21 KGNU fm radio interview with Kitty for Interface HERE