Education Series Spring 2021

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Education Series 2021
Compassionate Bereavement Approaches
This is an 11-segment immersion course into the concepts and teachings of psychiatrist, humanitarian and hospice pioneer, Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.
Content is designed to build bridges of understanding between past and present concepts of bereavement care while also opening participant’s minds to consider what grief care could and should look like in the future.
Students and members of the former Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Life, Death and Transition training staff and global hospice, palliative care and grief experts will lead this interactive series.
Featured instructors include world-renowned visionaries Dr. Ira Byock and Dr. William Worden.
*See program details below for more information.

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EKR Education Series 2021

Online Course – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Global Certificate of Participation

Schedule: One class per week – beginning March 18, every Thursday, 11AM-12:30PM (Eastern US). These classes will be available in 3 languages simultaneously. Estas clases estarán disponibles en español. Essas aulas também estão disponíveis em português.

If you are signed up for this series but are unable to view any classes as they are presented live, they will be made available to you at no charge for two weeks following the date of presentation. The recorded classes will be sent within 5 business days after the live classes.

In this online course, the discussions will cover a wide range of topics that include the work of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross up to present-day grief and bereavement care.

Taking this course, you will:

– Develop a new awareness of the meaning of life, death, transition, and what it means to be alive in this limited space of time between birth and death.

– Learn some of the theoretical and practical foundations of care for patients with advanced diseases from specialists and experts with national and international recognition in their areas of training and expertise.

– Learn without leaving home, having access to this exclusive content through online classes and during weekly meetings through the Zoom platform.

– Receive a Certificate of Participation from the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Global, an organization that represents the legacy of a pioneer in the hospice and palliative care movement internationally.

Online Classes

After you confirm your enrollment, you will receive a link to the Zoom platform within a few days in which you can access all classes. Please watch for this link. The virtual environment will allow you to:

  1. Interact with other students and ask questions with session instructors, ensuring your maximum learning on the topics discussed.
  2. Learn the legacy of a pioneer without leaving your home. Please make sure that you have a good internet signal so that you may participate in activities.
  3. Receive an exclusive certificate, as long as you participate in at least 80% of classes and actively participate in discussions.
  4. Certificates will be sent within one month after the end of classes.

What is virtual learning?

Virtual learning is a style of learning designed to recreate your classroom experience online. The Elisabeth Kübler-Ross virtual learning environment offers mixed methodologies to learning online from full interactions, engaging presentations and shared resources.

For maximum benefits, please ensure that you have a good internet signal and that your computer already has the Zoom program properly installed, so that there are no problems with the transmission of classes.


Session 1 — March 18, 2021:

Mourning and grieving in different cultures – Liese Groot-Alberts (New Zealand)

Liese Groot-Alberts was born in Fryslân, Netherlands but lives in New Zealand working internationally as a public and keynote speaker, palliative care educator and mentor for healthcare professionals.

Tragically, two days after giving birth to her son in 1972, her eldest daughter of almost three year’s old died suddenly. But through this life-changing experience came her passion for working with healthcare professionals and volunteers. Over a period of several years since 1988, she worked for Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross as a workshop leader and staff member conducting workshops in New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Europe.

After Dr. Kübler-Ross’ retirement, Liese continued to develop her own workshops and seminars and conducts trainings in: trauma, loss, grief and bereavement, palliative care, as well as self-care for the carer, resilience, spirituality, mentoring and working with difference, finding strength and hope in connectedness. She’s conducted lectures, workshops, and seminars in the USA, Europe, Australia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Samoa, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand. In her presentations and workshops Liese uses images, poetry, humor, and music as well as sound theoretical underpinning of the material presented.

Session 2 — March 25, 2021:

Loss and Grief in Compassionate Communities – Smriti Rana (India)

Smriti Rana is the Consulting Psychologist at Pallium India and also Program Director of Pallium India’s Children’s Palliative Care Project. She interned briefly at Kidwai Memorial Hospital. She has provided psychological support to families facing chronic illness in various cities. Programmes and constituent projects are led by the Director – Programmes, Smriti Rana, who also manages donor relationships and heads the National Outreach team. She has a Masters of Science in Integrative and Holistic Psychological Counseling, with 18 years of experience in palliative care.

Session 3 — April 1, 2021:

Collective Grief – Dr. Katie Eastman (USA)

Dr. Katie Eastman is a national grief/trauma therapist, speaker and consultant with ReCreate Coaching and Counseling in Anacortes, Washington.
As a licensed psychotherapist, licensed social worker and life coach specializing in loss and transition, she supports individuals and communities before, during and after serious loss for the past thirty years.  By allowing the pain of loss to serve as an opportunity for positive change she helps people of all ages reaffirm and recreate meaning by revealing the individual and collective skills, gifts and talents we each bring to the world.
An engaging author and storyteller, she is known as an authentic force for good and love. Dr. Eastman was a student of Dr. Kubler-Ross and was deeply affected by her work throughout her career.

Session 4 — April 8, 2021:

EKR’s Life, Death and Transition Workshops: Externalization Process – Larry Lincoln, M. D. (USA)

Larry Lincoln, M.D., is a beloved medical director of TMC Hospice and team director of Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ LDT workshops. Dr. Lincoln is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and hospice/palliative care and has been the TMC Hospice medical director since its inception in 1991.

Dr. Lincoln had no idea how a near-forgotten childhood event had impacted his adult relationships and busy medical career. His life underwent dramatic changes as he gradually discovered that injured or neglected children often take revenge on the least dangerous person in their universe: themselves. And as a result, they banish the most vulnerable, frightened, and tender parts of themselves so that they are not hurt again.

In his book, Reclaiming Banished Voices, he fills the pages with stories and teachings that illustrate the consequences of this sabotage to our personal lives, our relationships, and society. With intellectual clarity and emotional poignancy, he also offers a technique to reclaim our full selves and live a connected and fulfilling life.

Drawing on his years of leading workshops with Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, as well as his vast experience as an infectious disease and hospice clinician, Dr. Lincoln provides multiple examples of the transformative power of compassion and love.

Session 5 — April 15, 2021:

The Spiritual Path of Grief: Life after loss, life after death by Wilka Roig (Mexico)

Wilka M Roig, MA, MFA, PLC, holds a Master of Art in Transpersonal Psychology specializing in Creativity and Innovation, and a Master of Fine Arts specializing in Photography. She holds a Professional Dream Worker Certification from the Marin Institute for Projective Dream Work, a Biomagnetism & Biodecoding Therapy Certification from el Centro de Medicina Contemporánea, Level 1 and 2 Psychosynthesis Coaching Certification from the Synthesis Center, Level 1 Degriefing Integrative Grief Therapy Certification, and has trained with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés in Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Psychology for four years, and with Dr. Gabor Maté in Compassionate Inquiry.

Wilka apprentices with medicine women in México, where she resides, and trains in Curanderismo and Equine & Nature Therapies. She is an end-of-life doula, grief counselor, educator, facilitator, and consultant, also an ordained interfaith minister, Tai Chi & Qigong instructor, writer, musician, photographer, performance artist, graphic designer, silversmith, baker, and myth-maker.

Wilka is the president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation branch in Central México. She is an affiliate of Death Cafe, and administrator of Death Café México.

Session 6 — April 22, 2021:

 Thanatology and Grief Support: contemporary approaches – Cole Imperi (USA)

Cole Imperi is a dual-certified thanatologist, a two-time TedX speaker, and one of America’s leading experts on death, dying and grief. She is best known for her work pioneering the fields of Thanabotany and Deathwork (which includes Death Companioning) and through her development of Shadowloss, Shadowlight and Dremains. Cole is the founder of the School of American Thanatology, which has students from 18 countries across 10 timezones. Cole has worked as a chaplain-thanatologist in a jail, mortuary college professor, crematory operator, hospice volunteer, grief support group leader for children as young as 3 to adults, and served on the board of a green burial startup. In addition to her work at the School of American Thanatology, Cole is currently serving as President of the 176-year-old Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum in Covington, Kentucky, works with death-related businesses through her consulting firm, Doth, and publishes death and loss-related content as the American Thanatologist.

Session 7 — April 29, 2021:

“7  Take-Aways”– Yvonne Heath (Canada)

Yvonne will share “7 Take-Aways”, wisdom she has learned in her nursing career and after interviewing hundreds of people. Some
have shared their stories of traveling from the deep trenches of grief to finding joy again, others were professionals and great mentors making a difference along the way. By understanding and incorporating these principles we can teach by example, learn more skills and strategies on how to live life to the fullest, grieve and support others and have “The Talk” about end of life, long before it arrives and diffuse the fear!
“Change takes many voices. I am one of them!” –Yvonne
As a registered nurse since 1988, Yvonne Heath has worked in the United States and Canada in many areas including emergency, intensive care, chemotherapy and hospice. She became disheartened by our society’s reluctance to talk about, plan and  prepare for grief, transitions and death causing excessive suffering in life and at the end of life. She suffered too, not knowing how to do it differently.
In 2015 she took a leap of faith, Yvonne left her nursing career and blazed a new trail to create social change. She shares her message with heart and
humour as an Inspirational Speaker, with her Award Winning book Love Your Life to Death, her online program and as a television and radio host.
In 2019, she delivered her TEDx TalkTransforming Our Grief, by Just Showing Up.


Session 8 — May 6, 2021:

Symbolic Language in End of Life and Beyond by Dianne Gray (USA)

Dianne Gray is Chief Innovation and Patient Advocacy Officer of Acclivity Health Solutions, a tech company that creates true connected communities while utilizing AI & machine learning to generate analytics that helps clinicians ensure that seriously ill patients receive the right care at the right time.

Dianne is also CEO of Hospice and Healthcare Communications and is a nationally recognized speaker, award winning writer/journalist, film producer, educator, and project director. Dianne is also a passionate advocate for improved communications and care for the seriously ill, dying and grieving children around the world.
In addition to being an 11 year board member and past-President of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation, Dianne is also Global Ambassador for the International Children’s Palliative Care Network and was previously on
NHPCO’s Pediatric Leadership Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics SOHPM. Over the past twenty years, she has founded four non-profit organizations, each focused on improving life for seriously ill children and their families.

Session 9 – May 13, 2021:

Lessons from the Pandemic About Living, Caring and Wellbeing – Dr. Ira Byock (USA)

Dr. Ira Robert Byock is an American physician, author, and advocate for palliative care. He is founder and chief medical officer of the Providence St. Joseph Health Institute for Human Caring in Torrance, California, and holds appointments as active emeritus professor of medicine and professor of community health and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He was director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth–Hitchcock Medical Center, from 2003–14, and associate director for patient and family-centered care at the affiliated Norris-Cotton Cancer Center.

Byock’s early career focused on emergency medicine and rural practice in parallel with an interest in hospice care, and then founded the Missoula Demonstration Project and became director for the Robert Wood Johnson Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care initiative. His books include, Dying Well (1997), The Four Things That Matter Most (2004), and The Best Care Possible (2012). He also wrote the forward for both the 2014 edition and 50th anniversary edition of “On Death & Dying.”

Byock earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1973 and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Colorado School of Medicine-Denver in 1978. He completed an internship and residency in family practice medicine in University of California–San Francisco in Fresno, California (1978–81). He holds certifications from the American Board of Family Practice (since 1981), the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (since 1996), and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (1989–1998). He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine (since 1986) and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


Session 10 — May 20, 2021:

The Most Essential Things I Learned from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross about Grief that Can Light our Path to the Future – Dr. William Worden

J. William Worden, PhD, ABPP, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology in California. He is also co-principal investigator for Harvard’s Child Bereavement Study, based at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of Personal Death Awareness; Children & Grief: When a Parent Dies; and is co-author of Helping Cancer Patients Cope. His book Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner, now in its fifth edition, has been translated into 12 languages and is widely used around the world as the standard reference on the subject.

Session 11 — May 27, 2021:

On Grief and Grieving – Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M. D. – Unpublished video Presentation

In an unprecedented video by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, we will be able to explore her understanding of life, death and transition, as well as the process of mourning. After showing the unpublished material never seen by the public, there will be an open discussion with the current board members of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.

Panelists for the discussion: Ken Ross, Wilka Roig, Cole Imperi, Yvonne Heath

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