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Conference Agenda March 7, 2020
GranTree Inn - Best Western, Bozeman
8:00 am – Conference Check-in
9:00-9:15 – Welcome/Introduction/Comments
9:15-10:15 – Morning Keynote- Karen Wyatt, MD
10:30-11:45 – *Quick Talks (5 for 15) In Ballroom for all attendees
11:45-12:45 – Lunch
12:45-1:45 – Session 1 Workshops (3 Choices of topics)
2:00-3:00 – Session 2 Workshops (3 Choices of Topics)
3:10-3:45 – Closing Keynote- Karen Wyatt, MD
3:45-4:00 – Closing Comments/Drawings
Karen WYatt, MD
Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the books The Tao of Death and What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.
Conference Keynote Topics
Saturday March 7
"Why Death is the Best Teacher for Life"
Our society avoids death as a topic even though it is the one certainty of life (in addition to taxes, of course).But the truth is that understanding and getting comfortable with the idea of our mortality can actually help us live with greater joy, deeper meaning, and more love. In this presentation you will learn what death and other tragedies can teach us about living and how to utilize this wisdom in your day-to-day life. Learn how death awareness can transform your life and help you live fully for all of your days.
"Keys to Navigating the End of Life"
The steps you take today can make all the difference for you and your loved ones when you reach later life and eventually the end of your days. This presentation will discuss the consequences of ignoring death in our society, how to overcome the fear of death that prevents us from preparing for the end of life, and the most important steps we can take now as we plan ahead for the inevitable. You will be able to create your own action plan for the future as you take home all of the valuable information you’ve gathered in this conference.
MORNING QUICK TALKS (5 for 15)
A BIG Thank You to Our Sponsors for the 2019 Conference:
Chalice Stroebe Doula, RYT
Becky Polley MSW, RYT
Experiencing Grief and Loss in the Body
Learn the ways our bodies process and react to grief and loss. This discussion will be accompanied by a mindfulness practice.
Chalice has a degree in Integrative Health Science and plans to pursue a Masters in Narrative Medicine this fall. She has had a mindfulness practice for nearly ten years and implements this into her work as a doula.
Becky has her Master's in Social Work and works with youth in Foster Care. She has been teaching yoga for 5 years and is passionate about the ways in which we somatically hold and process grief and loss in our bodies.
How to Let Go of Victimhood
In grief it is easy not to distinguish between pain and suffering. Understanding the nature of victimhood gives us more control of where we will direct our energy, and a more direct path into what is healing.
Learn tips and tools
Lorca Smetana is an award-winning educator, consultant and speaker, helping people, organizations and schools design for growth, human resilience and deep compassion. She is on the faculty of the Human Leadership Development Program at Montana State University.
Heather Sessions, MSW
Four Things People Need/Want to Hear When They are Dying
A reminder and review of Ira Byock’s Book, The Four Things That Matter Most; how it changed my work, and, what about the children?
Heather has served in hospice care in the Greater Seattle area for 15 years; serving both adults and children at end of life. After leaving her work in the field, Heather served as the bereavement coordinator for Hospice of Snohomish County as well as the Director for Camp Erin, a grief camp for kids.
She has returned to the field and is now caring for those being served by Frontier Home Health Care in Bozeman, MT
Karen Wyatt, MD
Tips for Talking about Death
Most of us avoid talking about death and grief, even with people we care about, because they are difficult subjects that make us uncomfortable.
Learn how to discuss death with friends, family members, and strangers in a variety of situations.
Greater Yellowstone Threshold Choir
Threshold Choir is a national organization of choirs whose mission is to sing for those at the thresholds of life. Our vision is "A world where all at life's thresholds may be honored with compassion shared through song."
The Greater Yellowstone Threshold Singers was founded in January 2019, and is launching our public service at this conference.
Music at the Threshold