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Mindfulness and the End-of-Life: Finding Ease in Illness, Dying, and Death - Panel Discussion

member events May 01, 2023

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion, “Mindfulness and the End of Life: Finding Ease in Illness, Dying, and Death.” Explore how mindfulness and mindfulness meditation can bring peace and comfort to the end-of-life journey.

Our expert panelists will discuss integrating mindfulness into end-of-life care for patients and their families, promoting resilience for healthcare professionals, and how to prepare for mortality with awareness. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about resources and training available to incorporate mindfulness in dying patient care. Register now to join the conversation.

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Featured Speaker: Dr. Michele Chaban, Dr. Celina Carter, Nadine Valk

Dr. Michele Chaban is a master trained social worker and a clinical thanatologist ( study of dying and death). Michele was the Founding and Former Director of the Temmy Latner Center of Palliative Care, Family Counseling Program( Toronto) . Michele is the Founding and Former Director of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation Program at University of Toronto. Michele and her inter-professional colleagues in Hospice/Palliative/End of Life/ Long Term Care/MAID have develop an approach to care that integrates mindfulness and mindfulness meditation so that we can better provide care to the frail and vulnerable amongst us, their family members and our teams. Michele lives with her husband Peter and their 4 legged Alphia in rural Ontario, coming to Toronto to teach at the university.

Dr. Celina Carter is a registered nurse and research scientist working to improve the experience of end-of-life care across settings including primary care, hospice care, and home care. Celina generates research to inform the way mindfulness is integrated into healthcare and health education, particularly for nurses. Since 2019, Celina has been teaching the Certificate in Mindfulness Informed End-of-Life Care in continuing education at the University of Toronto, bringing a nursing lens to the work.

As a senior program and policy professional, Nadine Valk has decades of experience working for charities and non-profits at the local, provincial and national levels. Nadine has a master’s degree in public administration with a focus on health policy and experience and an interest in program development,health literacy, patient and public education. She is a certified team coach and Integral Professional Coach™ and enjoys helping people identify their purpose, develop new skills and create positive change. Nadine also works part-time with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario as Director of Education and Strategic Partnerships. She is a passionate advocate for palliative care and community health, which has been reflected in her various professional and volunteer roles, including as the Executive Director of Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, the National Director of Programs and Public Policy for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and Vice-Chair of the Carlington Community Health Centre Board. She has been involved with the Mindfulness Informed End-of-Life Care program at the University of Toronto since 2018, first as a student and now as an instructor.

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