First Posted: 4/14/2010
LUMBERTON The Robeson County End of Life Coalition will be hosting a conference titled Coping With the Fear of Death from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 22 at the Southeastern Agricultural Center.
Caregivers for someone with a terminal illness, or those who have recently experienced a loss and are having difficulty, are encouraged to attend.
Anyone wishing to attend must pre-register by contacting the Lumber River Council of Governments at (910) 618-5533 to reserve a seat by Saturday. The registration fee for professionals is $25 and $15 for family members, students and volunteers.
Althea Taylor Jones, a retired professor from Winston-Salem State University and a nationally known lecturer and member of the N.C. Association of Death Educators, will deliver the morning address and discuss the attitudes and commonly held beliefs that cause people to fear of death.
Participants will learn how to cultivate positive thoughts and traits in response to the stresses produced by change and loss, and learn how to face and work through these painful times, to ultimately live meaningful lives again.
Participants can choose to attend two of four workshops offered during the day.
The ev. Dean Carter from Southeastern Regional Medical Center will present Living in Mortal Time, a loss simulation exercise of what a patient feels and experiences in the sickness role vs. the dying role.
Ursula Capewell, a registered nurse, will present Are Interventions Helpful and When? to help increase the confidence level for dealing with normal and complicated forms of grief.
Jay Hansford Vest, a professor of American Indian Studies at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will present Life Cycling: Native American Traditions of Death and Dying, and will focus on the use of oral tradition as a means of passing on life stories and rituals surrounding American Indian death beliefs and practices.
Ottis Murray, a UNCP sociology professor, will present After Care: The Importance of Being There, to share strategies to help assist, support and ease heartache when death claims a friend or family member.
Tiffany Christensen, with Project Compassion, concludes the day with her discussion of Growing Up Dying and will offer insights into the end-of-life experience from a childs prospective, how to have sacred time with the child and strategies for dealing with family guilt and grief.