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End of Life Coaching

June 5, 2018

In addition to my Integral Life Coaching, I also work in the area of End of Life Coaching. This posting explains and introduces my work in this area as well. It was the result of a decision I made in 2016 to receive training and credentialing as an End of Life Coach.

End of Life Coaching is a generic description for the coaching I do with people who are:

  • Living with a Diagnosis of a Life Threatening Illness;
  • Living with a Diagnosis of a Terminal Illness (and/or a family member of someone who’s been so diagnosed);
  • Grieving the death of another person;
  • Grieving the death of a beloved pet; or
  • Grieving a substantial loss in their life (marriage, job, relationship, financial, or physical).

My decision to expand my practice was in response to a growing desire on my part to work in the field of End of Life. Volunteering for several years at a hospice had confirmed this desire. What I wanted to be able to do was directly work with people dealing with the profound pain and turmoil that comes with any End of Life Issue – all of the ones listed above, one of which you may be dealing with right now.

End of Life Coaching is very different from the coaching I do as an Integral Coach, which is almost entirely focused on growth and development.

In End of Life Coaching, the entire focus, at least initially, is on being a compassionate and empathetic presence in the midst of the pain and confusion that an End of Life issue inevitably brings.

As your coach, my job is to listen and encourage you to say all that you need to say and process, for it is only in articulating the experiences and the pain, as many times as it takes, that we can begin to come to terms with it and the new reality it brings.

In future blog postings I’ll go into a little more details about each of the two primary aspects of my End of Life Coaching: Coaching for Grief and Loss, and Coaching for Life Threatening or Terminal Illness. They are similar in some respects but also very different. And no, you don’t need a professional counselor or grief counselor when you encounter such issues. A ‘coach approach’ is often more effective. More on this later.

Please let me know if you’d like any additional information on either aspect of my End of Life Coaching.

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