Rodrigo Luz – Board Member/Education

Rodrigo Luz is a Thanatologist and a Palliative & Grief Expert from Brazil. He is a Certified Bereavement Care Provider by Center for Loss and Trauma, from Arizona/USA. He is a Grief Counselor and an Existential Psychotherapist, and he is author the author of the book Contemporary Experiences on Death and Dying: The Legacy of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross to Our Days, published in Portuguese in 2019.

He was trained as a Palliative Care Provider in the Fellowship of Palliative Care, an advanced course run by the Institute of Palliative Medicine, India in partnership with Sanjeevan Palliative Care Project, Pondicherry, India, St Christopher’s Hospice, London, United Kingdom and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Bangladesh. This Fellowship Program is conducted at Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut, India, at the request of WHO as part of its designation as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long-term Care.

He is an active member of several Palliative Care Organizations, participating in the approval of several palliative care laws in several states of his country, acting as a consultant in education programs and the development of palliative care and bereavement care programs, specially to underprivileged populations.

Rodrigo also offers workshops on death, dying, palliative care, and offers community education on issues related to the end of life and grief. Through his classes and lectures, he has already impacted more than thirty thousand students and awakened more than five thousand health professionals to dedicate their lives to palliative care. He is a community leader who has worked with several companies on grief and end-of-life issues, offering support, comfort and emotional and spiritual assistance. As an educator, Rodrigo has offered educational conferences and lectures in several Brazilian states, inspiring hundreds of people to the needs of critically ill patients and their families.

Rodrigo and his team coordinate the training on Thanatology and Palliative Care of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation in Brazil along with several social projects of the foundation in Rio de Janeiro and throughout Brazil. He and his team coordinate seminars on death and dying, interviewing patients facing death, using the same model created by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in the 1960s. He also offers education and support through various support programs in Brazil, offering help to bereaved people from diverse underserved communities, such as the LGBT + population, men in grief, homeless people, black people, among other groups. He is recognized for his advocacy for human rights and social justice in the field of palliative care in Brazil. In addition, he offers support to several palliative care programs in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

He’s part of the Compassionate Communities project and coordinates several palliative and compassionate care actions with unprivileged populations, in the Rocinha favela, within the city of Rio de Janeiro. He’s the CEO of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Brazil and the Director of Education of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation USA/Global.



Declaration and Call-to-Action on Palliative Care & COVID-19

Witnessing, with the rest of the world, the overwhelming physical, social, emotional and spiritual suffering COVID-19 is inflicting on infected persons and their families globally;

Recognizing that palliative care is aimed at prevention and management of serious health-related suffering;

Observing with great concern that the persons infected with COVID-19 are isolated from their families, and may never see them again;

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