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 Awakening Your Imagination & Creativity in End-of-Life Awareness & Communication
presented by Kei Okada BCC

90 minutes (1.5 CE hours)

$55/member; $95/nonmember
Item Number: WebR1311
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Price: $95.00
The end-of-life care attends each patient's soul work of performing one's "coda," the final stage of life. To promote our patients' quality of life, we need to understand their multidimensional suffering and healing potential - with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our strength. The end-of-life communication of a patient becomes highly symbolic, and requires our musical sensitivity to decode the expressions in their subtle nuances, tonality, symbolism and silence.

This workshop is designed to sensitize participants to the spiritual language and creative imagination of the dying, through awaking self-aware appreciation of these images in our own personal and relational experiences of suffering and healing. Some archetypal symbolic themes, including metaphorical and poetic expressions of our living, dying and beyond, are presented and practiced for the participants to enter into the diverse depths of the dying patients' living experiences.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify what types of spiritual pains a patient is suffering, as part of the holistic approach of hospice/palliative care.
2. Develop self-awareness of these pains to articulate one's role relevant to each case of suffering.
3. Expand the imaginative vocabulary of images and metaphors that connect with, reframe or enlarge a patient's sense of living.


Rev. Kei Okada MDiv BCC is the lead spiritual care counselor at Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice and Palliative care in New York City. He is a BCCI board certified chaplain and a member of APC. Previously, he worked as a staff chaplain at the Pediatric AIDS clinic in New York Presbyterian Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, and as a Pastoral Counselor at Housing Works Adult Day Health Care programs for the homeless living with HIV/AIDS. In recent years, he has published articles, and presented lectures and workshops on end-of-life spiritual care both in Japan and in U.S. Born in New York City and raised in Kanazawa, Japan, Chaplain Okada has resided in New York since 1984. An ordained minister of American Baptist Churches USA, he received his master of divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

How it Works

When you purchase this webinar recording, you will receive a PDF file with links to watch the recording and access supplemental materials directly from our website. You'll be able to hear and see the complete presentation, including Q&A with the audience. To participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet access and speakers, as the presentation audio and visuals are "webcast."