Speaking

Click here to listen to Georgia Weithe's interview on Wisconsin Public Radio

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Contact Georgia Weithe to schedule a presentation or keynote address which shines a positive light on death, to help us accept its presence in our lives.

All topics can be offered in presentation or retreat format, can be adapted to your group’s size and needs, and are appropriate for:

Palliative care organizations including the Hospice community; Death Education Programs; Bereavement Counselors and Support Groups; Human Resource Departments; Commisssions on Aging and County Department of Senior Services; Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities; professional associations including spiritual counselors and clergy, health and wellness educators, complementary medicine practitioners, physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, therapists and medical and nursing students, wellness and personal growth conferences.

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SHINING MOMENTS: FINDING HOPE IN FACING DEATH

To asses a patient’s physical needs at the end of life, there are technical instruments, pain scales and medication guidelines. In the realm of the spirit, however, protocols and agendas do not prevail. In an area where there are many questions but no intellectual answers, the best we can do is share our experiences and what we’ve learned from them.

In this session Georgia Weithe tells what it was like to accompany her father on his end-of-life journey, and offers:

  • Insight into the process of evolution from fear to hope from a family member’s perspective
  • Helpful guidance for creating the comfort and safety that a dying person needs to help them let go
  • Thoughts about what why we need to come to terms with death and what it can teach us about life

The session will end with Georgia’s Call to Action: Share Your Shining Moments - an invitation to share with others your own personal Shining Moments when facing death. “By telling stories of the peaceful and accepted deaths we have witnessed and the positive ways we were transformed by those experiences, we can change the way our society looks at death, and help others face what lies ahead without fear.”

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CIRCLE OF COMPASSION

Every person dies their own unique death, but every caregiver of a dying person has many of the same emotions: fear, uncertainty, confusion, helplessness, doubt and despair.
Because it helps to have support when trying to make sense of deep emotion, Georgia Weithe has created an opportunity for conversation with those who are providing care for someone at the end of life, or who anticipate they will be in the future.

In this circle she will share what she learned while accompanying her father on his end-of-life journey, including:

  • Six steps for sitting vigil
  • What death can teach us about living

The Circle of Compassion allows those saddened by the imminent death of a loved one to listen to a family member who has experienced a loss, and to share in a safe, compassionate setting.

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RELAX, REBOUND AND REFLECT:
RENEWAL AND HOPE FOR PROFESSIONALS

Many professionals enter the field of end-of-life care with a strong desire to serve, but find the demands of the job can deplete them…and when your “container” is empty, you have nothing left to give! This session will provide you with an “infilling” as you take time to stop, relax, and reflect on the shining moments that occur when you help people transition out of this life.

Included are:

  • relaxation activities to help release accumulated layers of tension
  • a period of guided reflection and journaling
  • large and small group conversations focusing on the life-supporting benefits derived from working with people at the end of life.

Reminded that death can be a teacher and friend, your spirit will be refreshed and renewed, and ready to be nourished by the important work that you do!