Karl Steinberg, MD
Karl Steinberg, MD

Advance Care Planning 101

Advance Care Planning is a process aimed at allowing competent adults to guide their medical care at times when they are able to speak for themselves. By knowing ones wishes, family and health care providers can be relieved of a challenging moral burden related to difficult health care decisions.
The MISSION of the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate care is to improve the quality of life for all San Diegans by informing, counseling, and encouraging our healthcare professionals and the public to share their knowledge, goals, and priorities.
We promote timely advance care planning and understanding of medical treatment options for chronic and serious illness, including palliative care, across the lifespan.
Attendees will:

  • Differentiate among Advance Directives, Advance Care Planning, and POLST.
  • Appreciate the benefits of planning ahead
  • Identify barriers to completing Advance Health Care Directives
  • Learn some of the terms used in Advance Care Planning
  • Discuss some of the specific medical treatments people may want or not want to receive

This talk is geared for a non-clinical audience, but all attendees are welcome.

Dr. Karl Steinberg is a hospice and palliative medicine specialist and geriatrician, who serves as a nursing home, hospice, and home health agency medical director in the San Diego area and has been medical director of Hospice by the Sea in Solana Beach since 1995. He got his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Harvard, got his MD degree from The Ohio State University, and completed his residency in family medicine at UCSD. He is active in many professional organizations and is a past chair of the Coalitions for Compassionate Care of California and San Diego County, currently vice president of National POLST. His professional interests include advance care planning, palliative care, and bioethics.

Rachel Klos
Rachael Klos, MA
End of Life Doula
Conscious Dying Educator

The Best Three Months End-of-Life Planning

The “Best Three Months” is an end of life fulfillment and care planning tool that can create a life-changing, transformational experience for you. Support yourself and your loved ones in preparing for your conscious death with intentional planning in order to experience completion and joy at the end of your life. Learn how to engage in deep personal exploration into the five domains of life – Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Intellectual, and Practical – to create a comprehensive End of Life Vision Map. It is a generous gift to your loved ones, while bringing peace of mind to you.

Rachael Klos is an educator and advocate at heart. After over a decade in education, coaching teachers, and instructing children with different needs, it was the magical life and peaceful death of her son, Henry, that was the greatest catalyst for transformation in her life. Bringing great intention to her son’s eventual death, she believes, has provided unexpected comfort through her family’s grief. Now, as a Certified Death Doula and End of Life Educator, Rachael is a guiding light for families of sick and dying children and a grief support in their overwhelming “after.” Rachael’s mission is to normalize death and grief at all ages while cultivating intentional living, conscious dying, and purposeful grieving.

John Tastad
John W. Tastad

SHARP HealthCare

Biomedical Ethical Issues that Can Arise in End of Life Care

This workshop will explore specific biomedical ethical issues that can arise at end of life including code status, artificial nutrition and hydration, consequential and palliative sedation and non-beneficial treatment. Some key bioethical principles will be examined to consider their relevancy in ethical decision-making at end of life.

John is the coordinator for Spiritual Support Services at Sharp HospiceCare and coordinator for the Advance Care Planning program at Sharp HealthCare. In his 20th year at Sharp, John is actively involved in Bioethics education and consultation, and his academic training includes undergraduate studies at Northwest Christian University and the University of Oregon, and graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of San Diego.

Claire O'Berry
Claire O'Berry, Co-Founder at Dying Your Way

Join Dying Your Way Co-Founder, Claire O’Berry, to learn more about holistic options available at the end of life. It may be hard to conceive that dying a natural death could be considered a “holistic alternative” to achieve a good death, but sadly dying a natural death is the exception rather than the rule.

We are all physical, emotional, mental beings having a spiritual experience, and from womb to tomb we should all seek the best integrated, interdisciplinary care available to us … certainly when facing a possible life-threatening diagnosis.

Let’s consider our own end of life plan, start a conversation and be curious together. DYW certified End Of Life Doulas will answer your questions in the panel discussion to follow.

Claire O’Berry, Co-Founder of Dying Your Way took on the responsibility of caring for both of her parents as they approached the end of their lives over a six year period of time. Being largely unprepared for such an all consuming task, as so many people are, the whole process became an enormous learning experience.

The culmination of this undertaking was too have both her parents die in their own time, at home surrounded by loving family and friends. It was a good death for all concerned.

Following on from that experience many people sought Claire’s help to replicate that experience for themselves or family members, which she did for a number of years. Claire undertook further study to turn an avocation into a vocation by becoming a certified End of Life Doula.

Claire and Terry Mepham met in upstate New York, while volunteering at an international centre for the study and practice of the ancient traditions and philosophies of yoga and meditation.

Together they travelled to Australia and New Zealand where they stayed for over two months with Terry’s brother who was losing a long fight with cancer. During this time Terry became aware of the amount of fear of the unknown that often accompanies someone who is dying. Through his own spiritual understanding and research into the process of life and death he was drawn to help alleviate that fear in others.

Claire realized while traveling and helping others, that a lot of what she did as an End of Life Doula she could do remotely online. Even to the extent of face to face consultations via video conferencing. It was through her inspiration that Dying Your Way was started. It is through Terry’s business and technical abilities that it happened.

Since then with a solid and dedicated team, the Dying Your Way website and DYW Portal Program was brought into being and launched.

Now married the two have combined their compassion and understanding, to offer death literacy and hope to thousands across the globe.

Dr Amy Robbins
Amy Robbins, Psy.D

In this transformative workshop Dr. Amy Robbins shares her story about grief and how, to her surprise, she connected with her aunt who passed away once she crossed over. Dr. Robbins has the unique perspective of a Clinical Psychologist and is able to talk about the importance of moving forward in your grief but also being open to the possibilities. She leaves you with the question “Do you have to see it to believe it or believe it to see it*.”

*Quote from Bill Phillips

As a clinical psychologist, consciousness expert, and spiritual intuitive/medium, Dr. Amy Robbins helps humans awaken to life and this can sometimes mean navigating one of life’s biggest challenges: death. While there is tremendous sadness, grief and pain when one suffers a loss, Amy makes death palpable yet approachable. She believes that by dissecting death, we can start to live life.

Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She received her Master and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Amy’s trained in community mental health clinics in the Chicagoland area and is currently in private practice. 

In addition to her clinical practice and online courses coming soon, Amy delves into all of the fascinating questions about life, death consciousness and what it all means in her podcast, Life, Death, and the Space Between.

Valerie Armand
Valerie Armand, LPN

End-of-Life Doula, Founder of Exiting Gracefully

Join Valerie as we discuss the “H” word, debunking myths and misconceptions surrounding Hospice Care.  A perfect opportunity to improve our death literacy and gain knowledge to make empowered decisions, when you or your loved one are not in a crisis situation. Topics of discussion will include: What is Hospice? Who qualifies? Who pays? When is the right time? There will also be an opportunity for interactive Q&A, and links to valuable resources geared toward exploring and documenting your wishes safely and accurately.

Valerie Armand is an LPN and Certified End of Life Doula with over 20 years of experience serving others in a variety of roles within Healthcare. Founder of Exiting Gracefully, Affiliate of Dying Your Way, and Advance Care Planning Educator with MIDEO, her passion lies in removing the stigma that society has placed on facing our mortality. She provides consulting, education and mentoring as a means of empowering others, helping them navigate their own unique journey.

Ginny Colarusso
Ginny Colarusso, Owner

Amp Yoga Studio

How to Connect Directly to The Other Side

In this presentation you will learn tips to open up your internal senses to be able to receive signs, symbols and messages from the other side. I will guide you into a deep state of meditation using hypnosis techniques to connect to your loved ones for healing and grief relief.

Ginny Colarusso, E-RYT 500, Past Life Regressionist, Reiki Healer, and Light Worker connecting souls directly to spirit, has spent the last twelve years dedicating her life to serve and heal her community. Trained by some of the best in New Jersey; Lindsey Sass, Tarra Madore, DC, and Ricardo Da Cunha, shehas been on a spiritual quest for over twenty years. Featured on Dr. Oz in May 2019 for her ability to connect with her deceased father and her passion for helping others open up to their own innateabilities to feel the connection, release grief, find acceptance as well as their soul purpose. She is also the owner and head instructor at Amp Yoga Studio in Springfield, New Jersey.

Roger Moore
Roger Moore

Medical Hypnotherapist

You don’t have to be a trained hypnosis professional to use mindfulness hypnosis techniques for yourself or someone else who is at the end of their life.

In this hour-long presentation, you’ll learn easy-to-use yet powerful techniques to reduce stress and anxiety, help decrease pain and help create hope and joy in each precious moment left in life. Preparing for a beautiful death is very much in your power, and hypnosis can help at the end of life in a sensitive, meaningful way

Roger Moore has been in the profession of counseling and human services since 1973. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Counseling Psychology and has more than 9 years of graduate studies in Behavior Science. Roger has been in private practice specializing as a Medical Counselor and Hypnotherapist since 1997. He is the author of Becoming Slender For Life.

There is a long, established history of the efficacy of hypnosis in the field of medicine. Roger offers medical hypnosis that can help people who are living with/recovering from Covid Long-haulers syndrome, cancer, autoimmune disease, chronic pain, dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and for people who are at the end-of-life.

Kristin Rigsbee
Kristin Rigsbee

Regional Coordinator and Education and Outreach Specialist

No one wants to thinks about a loved one needing a Long-Term Care facility.  We tend to not think about it until we have limited choices.  No advanced knowledge of what to expect, nor resources available can make an already stressful situation overwhelming. Come learn what you need to know before a loved one needs to enter a facility.  Learn the essentials of how it is paid for, how long, and what services are provided.  What can you do if there is an issue with their care?  Who can you contact if there are questions or issues?  The Ombudsman Program is the key to understanding your options, and is the only agency that advocates solely for your loved one.  Come arm yourself with this essential information about the little know workings of Long-Term Care, and the resources available to assist you.  A resource list will be available for download.

Kristin Rigsbee is the Central Regional Coordinator and the Education and Outreach Specialist for the County of San Diego Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. She received her B.S in Psychology from Appalachian State Universityin Boone North Carolina. She has worked for the past 25 years inthelong term care facilities in San Diego County. She has worked for 20 years as the case manager/social worker in several skilled nursing facilities. She has also worked 5 years as the Memory Care Directorin assisted living. She hasheld her RCFE Administrators License while working in assisted living. Prior to coming to the Ombudsman Program she worked as acare coordinator for an Elder Law Attorney. In 2014 she came to the Ombudsman Program in the position asthe North Coastal Regional Coordinator. 6 months later she was moved to theposition in Outreach and Education. Currently she is doing the dual roll of the Central Regional Coordinator and the Education and Outreach Specialist. The Ombudsman Program isthe ideal program to utilize the culmination of her experience in the Long Term Care Industry.

Teressa 'TV' Vaughn
Teressa 'TV' Vaughn, MPT, MHA Advance Care Planning Consultant

POLST Training Webinar

Having a conversation with a seriously ill patient about their health care preferences is an important and necessary part of good medical care. POLST can provide structure for those important discussions between you and your patients.

The San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care presents this POLST webinar for nursing facility staff, clinicians, and clinicians in training to develop and enhance skills for meaningful conversations with patients and families about their goals. Attendees will learn:

  • How to have a skillful POLST conversation
  • How to properly complete the POLST document
  • How to utilize the e-POLST registry
  • Current POLST updates and policies.

Teressa Vaughn is an Advance Care Planning (ACP) Consultant for Sharp Healthcare where she assist patients with advanced illness and/or advanced age complete their advance healthcare directive, discuss goals of care, as well as caregiving options that meet their need. She also provides community education on advance care planning, Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA). She is an active member of the San Diego Coalition for Compassionate Care (SDCCC).

Yvonne Heath, RN, Founder

Love Your Life To Death

Prepare for Grief BEFORE It Arrives

What if we talked about, planned and prepared for grief, death and dying BEFORE they arrived? What if we normalized conversations throughout our lives so we weren’t scared to death of death. Imagine.
We experience grief in loss, transitions and change, no matter who we are or where we live. Grief is a part of this journey we call life. And yet we do not think about it until we have no choice and we are in crisis. Until now. We can do better!
With heart and humour we will explore 7 Take Aways on living life to the fullest, learning to grieve and support others and yes… having “The Talk” about end of life, long before it arrives and diffuse the fear. And most of all, the importance of
Just Showing Up!

A registered nurse since 1988, Yvonne Heath has worked in the United States and Canada in many areas including emergency, intensive care, chemotherapy and hospice. She became disheartened by our society’s reluctance to talk about, plan and prepare for grief and life’s challenges—causing excessive suffering in life and at the end of life. She suffered too, not knowing how to do it differently. 

In 2015 she took a leap of faith, left her nursing career and blazed a new trail. By helping us prepare BEFORE, she brings heart and humour to grief and life’s challenges. She shares her message as an Inspirational Speaker, with her book Love Your Life to Death, as a television and radio host. Her online program has become an invaluable lifetime resource for many. In 2019, she delivered her TEDx Talk; Transforming Grief, by Just Showing Up. 

Married to her best friend and mother to three amazing children, they are sharing their message with the world and helping great organizations along the way.

Verna J. Fisher
Verna J. Fisher, MSW

Founder of Integrative Wisdom

The Secret of Dying...Hidden in the Heart of Life

“People die as they live”
At least that is what I have observed in my dozen plus years as a hospice social worker. In spite of any wishing, hoping or praying we might do, epiphanies are few, radical shifts of belief do not typically occur, and no amount of last-minute coaching or coaxing can make it so. Please join in as Verna shares real life hospice stories and offers wisdom on how and why we must encompass the “whole person”, or one’s unique body, mind, spirit and soul, into any holistic death and dying plan.

Verna is the creator of the Soul Catalyst 4 in 1 System of Healing, which highlights the importance of designing a personalized healing/wellness practice that addresses the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul before oneneedsit, or as she says, “Before the you-know-what hits the fan”. She considers her Soul Catalyst cards and guidebook the premiere accomplishment of her career.

Verna graduated Summa Cum Laude in Psychology, received her Master’s in Social Work and was a President’s Scholar. She is a graduate of the Mike Jay Developmental Coaching Program. Verna worked twelve years as a hospice social worker where she learned much about,not only dying well,but the importance of living fully and completely. She is a Reiki Master who finds she is most effective when she teaches others about their unique energy field.

Verna and her husband, Bob, have a small retreat center in Escondido, CA which they call The Center of Creative Transformation. Verna’s passion is to help others live their lives as fully and completely as possible through the services offered by Integrative Wisdom, her coaching and consulting company. Verna especially enjoys working with elders, coaching and encouraging them to share their wisdom with others.

Jeffrey Rodriguez
Jeffrey Rodriguez

SSA Public Affairs Specialist​

Social Security: With You Through Life's Journey

Discover the important Social Security program rules for disability, retirement and survivor benefits. 

Jeffrey has been with the Social Security Administration for over eleven years; serving as the Public Affairs Specialist in San Diego and Orange County for the last six years. Jeffrey hosts a weekly television show “Social Security Today”. The show airs on Laguna Woods Cable Television Channel 6, covering important Social Security program rules for disability, retirement and survivor benefits, as well as keeping viewers informed on current Social Security issues.Jeffrey is a member of the San Francisco Region Management Association, as well as the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Council.Jeffrey received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University in California.

Robert Rivas
Robert Rivas ,General Counsel Final Exit Network, Inc.​

Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia Care

Robert will be presenting FEN’s Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia care, or SADD, which directs the application of Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking, or VSED, when a patient has lost all their former character and personality to the brain disorder. The object is to stop nursing homes from enticing the patient to be hand-fed and hydrated for years.

A long, slow descent into dementia is every Baby Boomer’s worst nightmare. Final Exit Network, a national group at the forefront of the movement for the right to death with dignity, has developed an advance directive to help contend with the loss of dignity near the end of dementia.

Robert Rivas, the general counsel for Final Exit Network, first became involved in the Death-WIth-Dignity movement in 1996 as counsel in a joint ACLU-Hemlock Society project that led to a landmark Florida physician-aid-in-dying case, Krischer v. McIver. More recently, as general counsel to Final Exit Network, he has defended the Network and its Exit Guides in civil and criminal cases in Arizona, Georgia, and Minnesota. He is now spearheading Final Exit Network’s Supplemental Advance Directive for Dementia Care Initiative.

Rachel Jonlynn
Rachel Jonlynn

Founder of End Joys

Talking to Your Children About Death

In this 90 minute panel we will discuss how to support your child through the death and dying process of a loved one. You will leave this panel feeling more confident about how to explain death to your child, support them through their emotions, as well as experiencing your own grief. We will also share multiple healing practices and tools to support the entire family through loss.

Healing Through Grief is what Rachel Jonlynn is all about. Rachel specializes in end-of-life ceremonies for your loved ones and pets that pass away while providing tools to help children through acceptance and letting go. She works with the whole family creating intimate ceremonies to bring healing and honor to the life and death shared together, with joy, movement, care and love.

Rachel is devoted to her purpose and is showing up as a new leader in  the dying and death community. Death and loss are too difficult to deal with alone. Rachel guides rituals and ceremonies that fit your spiritual values and help you and your family find a path of completion and healing.

Hope Fitzgerald
Hope Fitzgerald

Founder of Wave Energy Center

3 Tools for Elegant Transitioning: Dowsing, the Infinity Wave and Empathy

How can we best serve those who are facing their departure from this world (including ourselves)? We can help them make their many end-of-life decisions with clarity and grace; we can provide an energetic technique to ease their hold on the material world; and we can attune with them more coherently having had our own empathic experience of saying goodbye to Life

This is a 3-part live interactive workshop that addresses the well-being of those facing death as well as their caregivers.

Part 1: Dowsing is an ancient technology for determining much more than finding water for wells. It can also be used to quickly ascertain the best course of action for any given situation, including the many issues around dying. l will demonstrate with someone in the audience how we can go straight to the heart of any situation in order to find answers that are in the highest good for all.

Part 2: The Infinity Wave is a powerful energetic tool to aid both the caregiver and the person in transition in ‘loosening the skin’ to provide for an easier dying process. It brings a sense of calm for all involved and eases resistance to change. I will demonstrate how to use the Infinity Wave in this workshop.

Part 3: As caregivers, we’re only as effective as our experience allows us to be. We may have many techniques and know-how, but if we haven’t faced our own death (and the possible fear of it) then how deeply helpful can we be to those who are confronting it more immediately? In order to raise our own levels of compassion and empathy, I will offer a guided meditation at the end of this workshop to provide a peaceful felt experience of releasing our own grip on the material world – and the relief that it is. 


Teacher,Coach,Healer,InfinityWaver,End-of-Life Midwife
Since her spiritual awakening at the Findhorn Foundation in 1976, Hope has been a dedicated seeker of truth, healing and wisdom. For decades,she’s been opening her channel to higher guidance through Intuitive Dowsing, and her Spiritual Teaching and Coaching with this tool has helped people transform their lives. In 2010, Hope received a series of visions: first, a massive wave on its way to Earth, representing an incoming evolutionary push for the planet, which ultimately morphed into a standing figure “8” made of flowing water. Through dowsing, it was revealed that this moving geometry was a 10th-dimensional energetic tool called the Infinity Wave, sent to us by a benevolent Universe to more quickly and easily transform pain and suffering into joy and freedom during tumultuous times (which are upon us now). Hope then launched the Wave Energy Center for Conscious Evolution, dedicated to applying the Infinity Wave for positive,expansive development of the individual, the community and the Earth. Hope has led many workshops and appeared on dozens of international internet and radio shows, continuing to fulfill her mission to encourage individual and planetary awakening around the globe. Hope also offers her services as an energy healer, a certified Neurofeedback Practitioner and a Death Doula, incorporating sound, Reiki and essential oils into her work. In addition, she guides intimate groups to potent areas around the world, including Peru, Easter Island, South Africa, France, England, Ireland, Wales and various U.S. locations. During these spiritual adventures, she teaches ways to communicate with the landscapes, believing that when the powerhouse of the human heart interacts with a highly-charged site, an alchemy occurs that is guaranteed to cause shift in consciousness.
Jillian Tullis, PhD
Elizabeth Coplan
Elizabeth Coplan

"UNTOLD" Live Performance and Discussion

Through a live performance of the play Untold attendees observe the misunderstood tales of child loss. Dr. Jillian Tullis, professor at University of San Diego, discusses the communication challenges and grief that arise from child loss, specifically miscarriage and still birth.

UNTOLD: A Stillbirth Story

Play synopsis: When Faith Morgan comes to the hospital to deliver her baby, she knows he is stillborn, but does not know the full-extent of what “giving birth to death.” With the assistance of Dr. Audrey Armstrong and Nurse Paul George, Faith goes through the physical pain of childbirth and rides out her conflicted emotions while Dr. Armstrong and Nurse George relive their own stories of child loss. Together they come to a determination of how best to honor this baby.

Jillian A. Tullis, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego. Her teaching and research interests focus on health communication, specifically communication about dying and death in healthcare settings. Tullis’ scholarship used qualitative methods to study such topics as hospice team communication, tumor boards, spirituality, dying, death, quality of life, and a “good death”

Elizabeth Coplan is a marketing and public relations specialist, a playwright, educator, and speaker, who confronts end-of-life issues. In 2016, Coplan created the non-profit Grief Dialogues. She uses theatre, the ultimate empathy generator, as the artistic expression to open new conversations about dying, death, and grief. In 2019 she joined forces with the Palliative Care team at a Seattle Regional Hospital to create a series of short plays followed by a moderated discussion to help health care providers, care givers, therapists, and administrators, engage in healing, constructive discussions about the ethical challenges and stressors and to build empathy and compassion within the medical profession. Grief Dialogues Health Care Education is presented throughout the U.S. Coplan is also the Executive Producer of the short, award-winning film, 8AM by Mark Harvey Levine.

Warning: The play contains scenes of childbirth and may trigger feelings of depression and grief especially among those who have suffered child loss.

Ben Janzen
Rev. Ben Janzen, Chaplain, Bereavement Services Manager VITAS
Hospice as a Philosophy of Care
Culturosity - Cultural Variety in End-of-Life Requirements

This workshop introduces hospice as a philosophy of care. It will feature an interdisciplinary approach to end of life care.

The goal of this workshop is to seek competence in cultural values and perspectives that are different from your own, particularly for healthcare workers and volunteers, to ensure that we provide culturally appropriate interactions with patients and their families.

Rev. Ben Janzen, Dr. Theol., Ph.D., APBCC, is the Chaplain Bereavement Services Manager for VITAS Healthcare. Ben grew up in Germany. Upon finishing High School, he joined the Franciscan Capuchin Order of the Catholic Church where he enjoyed his education as a Catholic Theologian within the Franciscan tradition. When he received his doctorate in Theology, he became a lecturer at the Franciscan College for Philosophy and Theology in Muenster, Germany. His love for Star Trek and anything SciFi brought him to the USA.
He studied comparative literature at UC Riverside working on the role of Spirituality and Religion in Star Trek and graduated with a PhD in Comparative Literature in 2006. A year earlier, he met his now husband Sal and consequently left the Order. Ben has been working with VITAS Healthcare, San Diego, as a Chaplain since 2010. He was trained at VITAS, worked as a resident and a team chaplain for five years. In 2015 he took the position of Bereavement Services Manager.
Ben and Sal have a dog, Sammy, and enjoy cooking, baking, and anything having to do with food.

Deanna Cochran, RN
Eol Doula Trainer
Founder, Quality of Life Care

Workshops Presented by Deanna Cochran:

When You are Serving a Person Who Does Not Accept Their Dying
Why Alternative EOL Practitioners Need to Know About Palliative Care

If you are a healthcare advocate or holistic provider of care serving in the community setting, training in advanced illness and end of life may be hard to come by. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not have to accept their dying to “die well”. There is so much said about accepting your death; that’s great when you are not dying. But what if you are, and  you truly want to live? Deanna will share some insights from her 20 year journey as a hospice RN and EOL Doula that may be helpful at this time. 

50% of us die with hospice–that is a lot of people dying NOT with hospice support. You must know about one of the best ways to help reduce suffering in the seriously ill if you are going to be serving them. If you think palliative care is something people receive when there is nothing more to be done, don’t miss this session.

Deanna Cochran, Hospice RN, Amazon bestselling author and creator of the original End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program, has been serving families since 2000. She also provides end-of-life professional sensitivity training, custom builds innovative doula programs for hospices and healthcare organizations and offers companion services to people facing dying through her Grief CareDoula® program. She is Chair of the End-of-Life Doula Advisory Council within the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is a founding member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. Deanna’s intention is to bridge services and care for people using doulas and other new roles within mainstream health and death care, educate about palliative care prior to a terminal diagnosis and bring unity between people interested in reducing suffering at the end of life.

Victoria Roncero
Vicky Roncero, Founder Roncero Reiki

Workshops presented by Vicky Roncero

The Art of Holding Space: Illuminating the Healing Space with Your Light
The Healing Grids

This first workshop is on how you can clear your Chakras, so you can let the light come through you, to be the source of light and love for someone in their final days. 

All to often, when a loved one is dying, we want to “do” something. Doctors and nurses are trained to save lives and when the end is in sight and there is nothing they can do, there is an energy of somehow “failing” and that is when light is needed most. A lightworker’s role is to be the beacon of light that leads the way home. It is not about “doing” at that stage, it is about “being”. We are human beings and we need to be able to hold space for the ones we love, when it is time for them to transition. This is not easy, as we are so conditioned to do. Reiki teaches you how to hold space for others and it is a very useful and important tool.

How to create a healing grid for yourself and your family, to use when someone is ill or passing and needs your support. When many come together in peace, the healing energy is profound. Creating a healing grid is a powerful tool to use when someone is very ill or a family is grieving. You can make a grid from cardboard and you can arrange the names of all the family members and friends who are praying for the person who is ill. You can set an organized time that you will all send healing and prayers and collectively look at a picture of the grid and send the energy together. It is healing for everyone involved and excellent when everyone can’t physically be together.

Vicky Roncero is a Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Writer/Producer, with a practice in Upper
Montclair, New Jersey. She has been working with clients to control stress and anxiety, heal
from injury and illness and maintain wellness through Reiki.
She was recently selected as the winner of Montclair State University’s Startup Pitch
Competition for REIKIDS, an innovative children’s mindfulness program she has created,
combining her Reiki work with over two decades of work in children’s television.
Vicky has been a writer/producer and voice over artist for many TV networks including; Sesame
Workshop, Nickelodeon, Lifetime Television and AMC Networks.
She has always been drawn to energy work and feels that everyone’s energy tells a story.
Regulating our energy helps us make the choices that create the next chapters of our lives.
She is currently working on projects that infuse her writing and producing skills along with her
Reiki training, to teach Reiki to others.
She is also doing some freelance writing for Deepak Chopra’s digital team.
For the past several months, she has been offering free Reiki classes on Facebook live and
hopes to transition this work into a television program. She believes everyone can learn simple
Reiki tools and techniques to connect with their inner light and ease stress.
She has recently teamed with a music composer/sound healer, in a collaboration called
“hear2heal”, creating customized meditations, utilizing her writing/reiki and voice over skills
She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband and two children.