We all live and we all die – two truths that can’t be argued.
For the majority of people, the space between birth and death hold their attention, and is the focus of their journey. But for Patty Burgess, the ending point of death, with its surrounding fear, stigmas and mystery, is a rich area to indulge her ever expanding curiosity and passion for heartfelt life experiences.
Patty’s experiences with dying and death moved her over the years through the hospice industry, from volunteer to trainer to community educator. While the work was enriching, Patty saw a significant void in end-of-life-care training.
She began integrating her insights of “doing death differently” and saw that this approach to death dramatically changed those facing the end of life, their loved ones, and the caregiver/supporter.
Patty feels passionately that avoiding or ignoring feelings, fears and conversations about death and dying, sadly, also leads to avoiding or ignoring important connections, so needed at the end of life.
There is a way to BE with the dying that is transformative.
Living and dying can co-exist beautifully in any present moment. Patty’s passion has led to her experiential workshops, writings, outreach and now — the online version of the foundational training for doulas, personal and professional caregivers, hospices and healthcare organizations and volunteers.
Here she teaches how to “Do Death Differently”, not be overwhelmed or afraid, but to even experience the joy, the passion and the exhilaration inherent in the honor of BEing with the dying.