Mindful Photography and Its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology.

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…

Jessica Thomas, presenting “Mindful Photography and Its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving: An Art-based Phenomenology.”

DeathOK ImageJessica Thomas will teach the main tenets of mindful photography as a practice, and how it might act as a catalyst for engaging the heart and mind through loss of a loved one. The phenomenology of the aesthetic experience will be discussed as it relates to mindfulness, death and dying. Examples of images paired with narratives will be presented. Open discussion will be facilitated through reflective questions, and participants will receive a handout that describes mindful photography in relation to death, and dying, in addition to a reference list.

Jessica Thomas LMFT, PhD Candidate is a practicing therapist in Oregon, and a clinical supervisor for graduate and post-graduate students. Her dissertation research is Mindfulness and Its Implications in End-of-life Caregiving. Jessica’s interest in death and dying and end-of-life care initially grew from her own personal experience with the unexpected loss of a parent, and through providing end-of-life care for a grandparent. Jessica’s interest continued to flourish as she became a volunteer for hospice, and reflected on her own experience with loss, and caregiving through photography and reflective writing. Jessica currently leads Mindful Photography Reflective Groups for caregivers, and those working through grief, and want to creatively explore their own experience.

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  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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