Section XI: Reimagining and Reinventing Culture

Track 5: End-of-Life: From Medical Failure to Sacred Experience
(Sarah Nichols
)

 

In this track, we will challenge the existing paradigm that often isolates aging adults and those at end-of-life and measures them in degrees of diminishing functions. Our sessions will highlight programs and initiatives across the globe that offer life-giving and community-building alternatives so that, together, we might have the tools to reclaim aging and end-of-life as sacred experiences.

Historical Perspective on End-of-Life: Rediscovering our Sacred History – Dr. Pamelyn Close, MD, MPH, Director, Adult and Pediatric Palliative Care LAC+USC Medical Center and Associate Professor Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine at USC

Relational Power: Successful Initiatives Across the Globe for Hospice and End-of-Life Work – Dr. Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, Director and Professor, Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope

By Your Side: The Value of Relationship at End-of-Life – The Rev. Sarah W. Nichols, M.Div., Director of Pastoral Care, Episcopal Communities & Services and Director, By Your Side: End-of-Life Vigil Training

Offering Healing to Communities in the Wake of Trauma– Dr. Pamelyn Close, MD, MPH, Director, Adult and Pediatric Palliative Care LAC+USC Medical Center and Associate Professor Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine at USC

Cultivating Wholeness at the End-of-Life: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach – Dr. Lourdes Arguelles

 

Biographies:

Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN has been in nursing for 37 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 370 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and QOL issues. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored ten books including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing published by Oxford University Press (4th edition published in 2015). She is co-author of the text, The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.