Circles of care… or tension: family dynamics at end of life

Event Details

Facilitated by Ted Bowman

Some presume that a “good death” includes minimal pain for the dying, cooperation and conviviality in the family circle, and, most egregious, without complex grieving by one and all.

A “good death”, rather, can include minimal pain for the dying, conflicts faced and handled well, and wide ranges of grief expression.

In this experiential session, participants will be presented with, discuss and practice honest facing of whatever occurs at end of life and the immediate bereavement care. The emphasis will be on practices of respect for differences, presuming conflicts, wide ranges of grief, and in aiding families in tough choices.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Assess their comfort and confidence in addressing conflicts as part of hospice and end of life care
  • Name and discuss perspectives and tools for addressing conflicts that are consistent with the best of hospice care
  • Leave the session with more clarity about the normative intersections of loss, grief,anger, and conflict.


Ted Bowman is an educator / writer who specialises in change and transition, whether it occurs in families, an organisation, or the community. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ted was an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, then the University Saint Thomas School from 1981-2019.

Ted has published more than 100 articles, chapters, booklets, and poems. His two booklets, Loss of Dreams: A Special Kind of Grief and Finding Hope When Dreams Have Shattered, are extensively used for grief and bereavement care.

A sandwich lunch is included.  Please advise of any dietary requirements.



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