Course Description

This session, originally presented as a plenary session at NHPCO’s Caring for Mind Body and Spirit Conference in 2007, explores and examines contemplative approaches to work with dying people that have been  developed by Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, since she began the Project on Being with Dying in 1994. She will explore contemplative, spiritual, and psychological issues related to dying and death; community building around dying persons and relationship-centered care; spiritual care of the dying and care-based ethics; the relationship between pain and suffering and will introduce mindfulness-based stress reduction to ensure attention to and care of the caregiver.

CE/CME Offered
CE/CME Credit Available: Nurse

1.5 hours


      • Discuss contemplative approaches to work with dying people
      • Identify contemplative, spiritual and psychological issues related to death and dying
      • Discuss the importance of community building and relationship-centered care
      • Identify elements of spiritual care of the dying and care-based ethics
      • Compare and contrast the relationship between pain and suffering
      • Practice mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Subject Matter Expert

Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Roshi Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Roshi Joan has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty-five years and is Director of the Project on Being with Dying. She is Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. For the past twenty-five years, she has been active in environmental work. She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than three decades has focused on applied Buddhism. Her many books include The Human Encounter with Death, The Fruitful Darkness, and Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care Training Guide.

Planners: Barbara L. Bouton, MA, FT, and Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Faculty: Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CE/CME Credit Hours

1.5 Contact Hours


In order to complete this online activity and obtain CE/CME credit, participants must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation.  You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase.


NHPCO is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. NHPCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 contact hours. Nurses should claim only the contact hours commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Accredited status by ANCC refers only to continuing nursing education and does not imply endorsement of any commercial product discussed in conjunction with this activity.


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