Leaving Legacies: Spiritual Meaning Making at the End-of-Life - Part 1: Reminiscence and Life Review

Des Moines, IA US
May 14, 2011

Gain tools to help your patients, clients, parishioners, family or friends deal with grief. This webinar reviews the theory and techniques behind life review and reminiscence therapies focusing on the
ways that such techniques can assist meaning-making at the end-of-life. The webinar also discusses strategies that can be utilized in cases where life reviews may be problematic or psychologically threatening.


9:30 amRegistration
10 amWebinar
11 amPanel Discussion
12 pmAdjourn


  1. Differentiate life review from reminiscence.
  2. Discuss life review and reminiscence as instruments of meaning-making and offer a rationale for the therapeutic benefit of such procedures at the end of life.
  3. Identify seven therapeutic benefits of life review and reminiscence.
  4. Identify potential dangers in life review and reminiscence.
  5. Discuss at least six different strategies for life review and reminiscence.


  • Meaning-Making at the End of Life
    • Role of Meaning-Making at the End of Life
    • The Spiritual Needs of Individuals Who Are Dying
  • Life Review and Reminiscence: Underlying Theory
    • Differences between Life Review and Reminiscence
    • Value of Life Review and Reminiscence
      • Meaning-Making
      • Enhances Mood
      • Establishes Time and Role Parity
      • Maintains a Continuity of Identity
      • Offers Therapeutic Insight
      • Reinforces Self-Esteem
      • Bolsters Community
    • Dangers of Life Review and Reminiscence
      • Reliving Trauma
      • Personality Counter-Indications
      • Relational Counter-Indications
  • Doing Life Review and Reminiscence
    • Techniques for Life Review and Reminiscence
      • Photographs and Memorabilia
      • Music
      • Creative Expressions
      • Genealogies and Genograms
      • Pilgrimages and Reunions
      • Age Lines
    • Employing All Senses


  • Trudy Holman, Director, Hamilton’s Academy of Grief and Loss
  • J. Jeffrey Means, MDiv, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral Medicine, DMU


This activity is co-sponsored by Des Moines University and HCI Care Services, formerly called Hospice of Central Iowa.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.40 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/14/2011 - 10:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/14/2011 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Lecture Hall 1
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 2.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 2.40 IBON


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