Living Well, Dying Well

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A new Center program - Living Well, Dying Well - aims to help people regain the language and skills needed to empower, nurtureand care for those at the end of life.

This innovative program builds upon a growing cultural awareness about the value of having a “good death.”

Living Well, Dying Well focuses on four areas, including academic curriculum, community engagement, continuing education for healthcare professionals, and emerging scholarship.

Not only are Baby Boomers advocating for more control of their healthcare at all stages of life, but the popularity of surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End — which reached No. 1 on The New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List — signals that people are hungry for these conversations.

“Being present with a person at the end of their life is a job description for which everyone is qualified,” says Frank Bennett, MDiv, BS, Center Senior Fellow and program lead of this initiative. “Whether we’re the person facing mortality, a care partner or loved one, a clinician, or staff of a care facility, celebrating these extraordinary moments can open doors to healing, wholeness, and even peace.”

“Dying isn’t a medical or even spiritual condition” says Bennett. “It’s a human condition.”

We are eager to co-create with you a Living Well, Dying Well program tailored to your needs.

Learn more in our Living Well, Dying Well brochure, or enroll in our academic course, CSPH 5000: Living Well, Dying Well.

Opportunities for Collaboration

Programs can be customized for audiences including individuals and families facing end-of-life, community organizations, healthcare professionals, academic institutions, student groups and more. To learn more about how we can support you in achieving your goals, please contact the Center’s Director of Business Development and Community Relations, Sue Nankivell at sue@umn.edu or 612-626-2395.

There also are many ways that philanthropic support can advance the initiative. These include pilot programs, technology-enhanced education tools and public awareness strategies. The Center’s Development Director, Dianne Lev, is available to talk more about how your giving can make a profound difference; she can be reached at dlev@umn.edu or 612-624-1121.