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Holistic Death Network

February 20

The Calgary Holistic Death Network’s February Guest Presentation

Non-ordinary Deathbed Experiences

with Margot Sondermann, BScPT, MEd,
Palliative Consultant for End-Stage Lung Disease

People who are close to death sometimes report visions of deceased relatives, friends, places, or religious figures. Others report “deathbed coincidences” or unique and meaningful dreams. We call these deathbed phenomena (DBP) and they are more common than we think.

•  Are these hallucinations?
•  Did the experience really happen or is it due to random nerves firing in a dying brain?
•  Has anyone done any serious studies?

Dying people can have these experiences while awake or asleep, alone or with others, and the experience can be visual or auditory. DBP have been reported around the world and are now being studied in medical literature. What is interesting is that these experiences almost always have a positive effect, bringing peace, comfort, calmness and joy to the dying person as well as their family.

•  How can we support dying patients and their families who experience DBP?
•  How do you discuss this experience with a dying person and their family?

Margot will answer these questions and look at these phenomena in more detail. She’ll also share some stories from local Calgary palliative care clinicians. Most importantly, we’ll explore, as a group, the meaning of DBP to those who experience them.

About Margot Sondermann

Margot is a specialized cardiopulmonary physiotherapist who has worked in all care settings over the last 28 years.

She has been the Palliative Consultant for End-Stage Lung Disease in the Calgary Zone for the last 15 years, providing support, consultation and expertise to patients, families and healthcare staff.

Event Information

February 20th, 2018
Doors open at 6:45, program starts at 7:00

The Alexandra Dance Hall
922 – 9 Ave SE Calgary

Book online, and pay at the door
$20 per meeting, or 4 meetings for $60
No charge for current Community Healers’ Council members

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About the Calgary Holistic Death Network

The Calgary Holistic Death Network is a monthly gathering for people interested in learning more about death and dying in any capacity. It’s a chance to explore this exciting new field and to connect with others who share your interest and passions.

The meetings are fun and inspiring, with dynamic guest speakers, fascinating people to meet, and ideas to share.

Learn more about the Calgary Holistic Death Network

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February 20
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Calgary, AB