Past Events

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Fairhaven College Auditorium, Western Washington University

Most modern burial practices have significant ecological footprints.

Recompose is developing a process that gently converts human remains into soil, so that we can nourish new life after we die. Their goal is to offer recompositon as an alternative choice to cremation and conventional burial. 

The Palliative Care Institute, Fairhaven College and the Sustainable Action Fund have invited Recompose CEO Katrina Spade to explain how their modular system uses nature's principles to return us to the earth, sequestering carbon and improving soil health.

They have calculated carbon savings over a metric ton per person. Recomposition allows us to give back to the earth that supports us all our lives.

Come join us for an informative and provocative conversation.

Open to the community.

10/22/2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, Meeting Room A, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Palliative Care Institute and the Northwest Life Passages Coalition invites you to participate in a community discussion about successes and challenges of the Community Education and Activation initiatives in our community.

In 2014, a community task force wrote a Blueprint that outlines steps we need to take to make Whatcom County a community of excellence for those with serious illness or facing death and their families.  This Blueprint has 5 pillars:  Advance Care Planning, Clinical Care, Provider Education, Community Education and Activation and Policy/Sustainability. 

The Northwest Life Passages Coalition has been given the responsibility of helping to implement this Blueprint.  As part of that goal, we are hosting community conversations about each pillar. Our intent is to share the progress that has been made, the challenges we still face and to listen to your ideas and concerns.

At this session, we will briefly share the current status of Community Education and Activation in our community and outline some new initiatives and challenges that still need to be addressed.  We hope to spend the bulk of the session exploring your ideas and concerns so that we can continue to make progress toward our goal of building a community setting where everyone has access to the information they need in order to face serious illness or death. 

Some possible topics we might explore together include:

What are challenges have you faced in serious illness or end of life care? What community education events might have helped prepare you better?

What are some strategies for reaching out to communities we don't yet serve well?

What creative ideas might you have for building events that will foster community education, conversation and activation related to serious illness and end of life care?

10/19/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Palliative Care Institute is partnering with the Turtle Haven Community to bring Dr. Ravi Ranvindra to Bellingham.

Dr. Ravi Ravindra marries deep studies in both science and comparative religions to explore important questions of our age. In this community conversation, he will help us explore how holding an understanding of our own mortality can enrich our living.

Dr. Ravindra’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. I. Gurdjieff, Zen, Yoga, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian classical traditions. He is the author of several books on religion, science, mysticism, and spirituality, including Whispers from the Other Shore: Spiritual Search--East and West, and Science and the Sacred: Eternal Wisdom in a Changing World.

Using these lenses, Dr. Ravindra will help us explore the questions that facing our own mortality brings to the surface, both personally and culturally.  Mainstream American culture has a paradoxical relationship with dying. On the one hand, our media focuses on death through violence and war, and on the other hand, although we are all moving toward death from the moment of our birth, we turn away from the intimacy of considering our own dying or the death of those we love.

Proceeds from this event will support other Palliative Care Institute community conversations.

Tickets in advance are $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for students.  At the door $25 for adults, $15 for students.   Use the registration link below to purchase advance tickets.  Scholarships are available for those with restricted incomes.  Contact pci@wwu.edu to request a scholarship code.

 

Dr. Ravindra will also be offering an in-depth exploration of these topics in a weekend retreat (October 20 and 21) at the Turtle Haven Sanctuary on the Nooksack River in Deming, WA.  This retreat will include reflection and discussion, guided meditations, sacred song and earth-based wanderings on the Path of Hope, shrine trail, the labyrinth, and the river’s edge.  For more information contact info@turtlehavensanctuary.com or call 360.303.3892

 

10/17/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Phone in conversation

Thinking about advance care planning when the diagnosis is Alzheimer's can be challenging. The Conversation Project is sponsoring a Community Call to discuss how to include Alzheimer specific programming into advance care planning.  PeaceHealth's Hilary Walker will be one of the respondents, describing the new ACP+D programming in Whatcom County.  Click on the Registration link below to register.

10/13/2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
United Church of Ferndale, 2034 Washington St. Ferndale WA 98248

One of the challenges of serious illness is the management of pain, and in recent years, we have seen an upswing of addiction to pain medications.  In this performance art piece, Pippa Breakspear recounts her own experience of opioid addiction to prescription pain medications and her work with clients suffering from the same condition in her role as a Chemical Dependency Counselor.  

 

10/11/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sylvia Center for the Arts Studio Theater, 205 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA

What does it mean to live with a Chronic Condition and love being alive? This question will be explored through photography, choreographed movement, music and spoken word, followed by dialogue. Skye Burn, a 69-year old woman, will demonstrate her recovery from rheumatoid arthritis through movement and song. She will share her healing strategy.

Richard Scholtz, a musician, lives with an artificial heart valve which has required being on coumadin for 30 years. Richard will speak from long experience working as a community partner in local and national efforts to re-imagine healthcare.

Helen Scholtz lives with chronic allergies and a sinus condition. Her photographs reveal intimate connection with the vitality and tenderness that is all around us.

Choreographer Pam Kuntz collaborated in creating this performance.   

Tickets at the door.

Photo by Helen Scholtz

08/25/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Bellingham Farmer's Market, Depot Market Square, 1100 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham

The Palliative Care Institute will host an Empathy Card making station at the Bellingham Farmer's Market.

A 'Get Well Soon" card is often not appropriate when one of your family or friends is diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness.

The Empathy Card Project provides an opportunity for you to design and make a card that speaks truthfully from your heart.

Drop into our booth at the Market to learn more about the Palliative Care Institute's work and to make a card for someone you love. You won't have to struggle to find the right words, as we'll have lots of sayings and thoughts that will help you express your caring.

07/23/2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
St. Luke's Community Health Education Center, Meeting Room A, 3333 Squalicum Pkwy, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Palliative Care Institute and the Northwest Life Passages Coalition invites you to participate in a community discussion about successes and challenges of Outpatient Palliative Care initiatives in our community.

In 2014, a community task force wrote a Blueprint that outlines steps we need to take to make Whatcom County a community of excellence for those with serious illness or facing death and their families.  This Blueprint has 5 pillars:  Advance Care Planning, Clinical Care, Provider Education, Community Education and Activation and Policy/Sustainability. 

The Northwest Life Passages Coalition has been given the responsibility of helping to implement this Blueprint.  As part of that goal, we are hosting community conversations about each pillar. Our intent is to share the progress that has been made, the challenges we still face and to listen to your ideas and concerns.

At this session, we will briefly share the current status of Outpatient Palliative Care as part of the Clinical Care pillar in our community and outline some new initiatives and challenges that still need to be addressed.  We hope to spend the bulk of the session exploring your ideas and concerns so that we can continue to make progress toward our goal of building a robust outpatient palliative care option for those in our community facing serious illness or death. 

Some possible topics we might explore together include:

What are challenges have you faced in accessing outpatient palliative care?

What are your concerns about outpatient palliative care, and what do you need for us to do this work better?

What creative ideas might you have for addressing the current constraints?

 

05/11/2018 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
Settlemyer Hall, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

SAVE THE DATE - May 11.    Click on the Registration link below!

The Palliative Care Institute is offering a day-long conference on Holistic Pain Management: Alternatives to the Opioids.  Over the day we will explore multiple approaches to pain management, including complementary and experimental interventions.  We have a terrific line up of speakers!!  And CMEs available - see below.

Lucille Marchand, MD  - University of Washington, Professor and section chief of palliative care in the Department of Family Medicine, and director of the UW Medical Center’s Palliative Care Program

  • Complex Pain Management Requires an Integrative Approach
  • Having Healing Conversations

 

Adrith Doorenbos, PhD - University of Washington, Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics

  • Non-pharmacological pain strategies in palliative care and Telehealth delivery in rural areas.
  • Facing a World of Hurt: Cultural considerations in pain and palliative care

 

Pippa Breakspear, MEd, CDP - Private Practice, Recovery Support Services, Bellingham Washington

  • Junkies Like Me: From Pain to Addiction

 

Steve Morris, PhD - Specialist in Integral Health, Bellingham, Washington

  • Stress Busters – Hands on Techniques for Reducing Pain and Achieving Coherence

 

Erica Rayner-Horn, MA - Private Practice in Psychotherapy specializing in mindfulness as a tool for managing physical and emotional pain and distress, Seattle, Washington

  • Finding Peace In Every Moment : The Power Of Mindfulness In Relieving Pain And Anxiety
  • Bringing Mindfulness Home

 

T. Cody Swift, MA  - Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Counseling, Santa Cruz, CA.  Researcher at Johns Hopkins Universit

  • Psilocybin for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Emotional Distress
  • Deepening Understandings of the Practice of Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Future Clinical Indications in Palliative Care

Learning Objectives

After this education, learners should be able to:

  1. Differentiate the complex components of pain
  2. Distinguish between nociceptive and neuropathic pain
  3. Outline challenges associated with conventional approaches to pain management
  4. Describe multiple integrative approaches to pain management
  5. Identify strategies for developing integrative pain management systems in rural environments.

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements of the Washington State Medical Association through the joint providership of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Western Washington University. PeaceHealth St. Joseph is accredited by the WSMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria for up to 6 hours of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

Accreditation Equivalency Statement: Category 1 CME credits generally are accepted on a 1:1 equivalence by nursing, social work and other health related licensing authorities.

Early Bird Registration is open until April 12, 2018.  Because of a generous anonymous donor, scholarships to reduce the fees are available. Inquire at pci@wwu.edu  If you have trouble with the on-line registration process, contact (360) 650-3353 for assistance.

General – No CME      $75

Student – No CME      $50

General – w/ CME      $100

Student – w/CME        $75

 

05/02/2018 - 2:30pm to 05/16/2018 - 4:30pm
Roots Room at the Cordata Community Food Cooperative. 315 Westerly Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226

In this three session workshop series, we’ll begin writing legacy letters for ourselves and our heirs. These documents—ranging anywhere from a paragraph to a book in length—can include our favorite stories, our values and beliefs, and our hopes and tributes. In the process, we’ll have the opportunity to reflect on our lives and provide gifts for loved ones. That’s why one former participant told me, “These letters are such a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself!” And another person said, “I couldn’t sleep after the workshop because my head was so full of stories to tell. I blame you!” 

The three sessions will first focus on the past, writing our signature stories about ourselves and others and ways to use these stories to explain current values.  We’ll continue with explorations of our present beliefs and values, and we’ll move into the future, offering our hopes, blessings, and tributes. 

Session 1 The Past/Our Stories:          May 2, 2018        2:30-4:30 pm

Session 2 The Present/Our Values:     May 9, 2018        2:30-4:30 pm   

Session 3 The Future/Our Legacy:      May 16, 2018      2:30-4:30 pm       

Advance Registration required:  Limited to 15 people. $36.00 for the three sessions.  To register for workshop email pci@wwu.edu

All sessions in the Roots Room at the Cordata Community Food Cooperative. 315 Westerly Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226

Sponsored by the Palliative Care Institute (pci.wwu.edu) and facilitated by Margi Fox, who teaches professional writing at Western Washington University. Margi has given numerous workshops on legacy letters. In 2015, she presented a TEDx talk about wills: “The Afterlife of Wills: Why Legacy Matters.”

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