Living Well / Dying Well:
Empowering Communication for End of Life Care
By: Susan O’Connor Von, PhD, RN-BC, CHPPN, Director of Graduate Studies, UMN Center for Spirituality and Healing, Associate Professor, UMN School of Nursing; and
Frank Bennett, MDiv, Founder and Program Leader of Living Well/Dying Well Initiative, Senior Teaching Fellow, UMN Center For Spirituality & Healing
Living Well, Dying Well is an initiative of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. This initiative supports academic and community education that provides individuals, their loved ones and health care professionals with tools, skills and resources to empower effective communication for care at end of life.
Key to this initiative is reframing end-of-life care from a focus on medical death to an emphasis on humane dying through reflection on values, hopes, goals, and end of life planning. This introduction to the Living Well, Dying Well course will focus on the emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. Emphasis will be on the importance of developing communication skills, focusing on person-centered care and developing self-care strategies.