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…
Dr Lori Beth Stargrove, presenting “Re-Visioning the Death & Dying Process Using Models of Natural Medicine & Person-Centered Health.”
This presentation will look at the dominant western medical model of death where we find life and death as separate and opposed to each other and contrast this to a natural systems model where death is part of life and viewed as phases of natural processes. We will examine how natural medicine honors death as an integral aspect of life and explore nature based traditions as examples of healthy life/death cycles. Additionally, we will look at hospice as a model of person centered care recognizing its capacity to support the process of healthy dying.
Dr. Lori Beth Stargrove has been a practicing Naturopathic physician for 24 years and regularly lectures to professional and lay audiences. She has presented on death and dying, collaborative care, polypharmacy and aging, person-centered healthcare and Gaian medicine to audiences both large & small; medical students, psychiatrists, physicians, grandmas and grandpas. It was the experience of her own mother’s lengthy dying which inspired her to teach this particular subject.