Leaving Legacies: Spiritual Meaning Making at the End-of-Life - Part 2: Dignity Enhancement Therapies

Des Moines, IA US
June 11, 2011

Gain tools to help your patients, clients, parishioners, family or friends deal with grief. This webinar explores other techniques for meaning-making at the end of life including Dignity Enhancement Therapy, Meaning-Centered Therapy, Living Eulogies and other approaches that assist persons at the end-of-life in affirming a sense personal significance and meaning.


9:30 amRegistration
10 amWebinar
11 amPanel Discussion
12 pmAdjourn


  1. Discuss the importance of meaning-making and legacies at the end-of-life.
  2. Describe the technique and rationale of each of the follow strategies – Dignity Enhancement Therapy, Meaning-Centered Therapy, Living Eulogies, Moral Wills, and other approaches to leaving legacies.
  3. Describe the research the underlies Dignity Enhancement Therapy.
  4. Discuss the role of leave-taking rituals at the end-of-life.
  5. Discuss the practitioner’s role at the end-of-life noting areas where counter-transference can be problematic.


  • Meaning-making at the end-of-Life
    • Role of meaning-making and legacy at the end-of-life
    • The spiritual needs of individuals who are dying
  • Strategies for meaning-making
    • Dignity enhancement therapy
      • Approach
      • Research on dignity therapy
    • Meaning-centered therapy
    • Living eulogies
    • Moral wills
  • The role of leave-taking rituals
    • Rituals at life’s end
    • Leave-taking rituals
  • The practitioner’s role
    • Understanding counter-transference
    • Meeting client and family needs
    • The role of the funeral in the meaning-making process

Web Panelists

  • Gary Fink, DMin, MAHL
  • Larry Michael

Live Panelists

  • Sasha Mudlaff, Vice President of Hamilton’s Funeral Home
  • J. Jeffrey Means, MDiv, PhD; Associate Professor & 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: 
06/11/2011 - 10:00am CDT
Event ends: 
06/11/2011 - 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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