The Power of Ritual Practices for CaregiversFebruary 19th, 2021
Kitty EdwardsExecutive Director, The Living & Dying Consciously Project and No Regrets ProjectHost: Susan Borutzki
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About The Presentation
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 25 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 Projectand 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 Dyingand 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. Kitty is also a Certified HeartMath®Resilient Advantage™Trainer.
The Living & Dying Consciously Project www.livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org
No Regrets Project http://www.noregretsproject.org
Dying Consciously Boulder http://www.dyingconsciouslyboulder.com