Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Susan Schoenbeck RN, MSN, presenting “Caregiver Response to the Dying and Their Loved Ones When the Veil is Lifted.”
Few people hold as many hands of the dying as nurses. This presentation reports on the experiences of the dying on their deathbeds as witnessed by nurses. Reports of patients knowing even before healthcare workers that they are doing to die, the dying talking to others who have died before, and the accounts of patients who have been on the other side and returned will be revealed. We mortals view life and death through a filter that limits our ability to understand death. This talk will give caregivers meditations and affirmations to comfort the dying and loved ones left behind.
Susan Schoenbeck has a Master’s Degree in nursing with a specialty in critical care nursing and education. She teaches nursing at the Portland campus of Walla Walla University where clinical students are placed under her supervision at hospices and a chemotherapy infusion center. Schoenbeck was the death and spiritual care clinical nurse specialist for a university hospital. In this role, she counseled many patients about to die and loved ones left behind. She has done research on near-death experiences. Her work is published in peer-reviewed journals and books.