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Being Present and Effective When Someone Dies

16 March 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Date/Time:  16 March, 2018 at 4:00 pm EST / 1:00 pm PST (90 minutes in duration)
Cost:  Free
Meeting Online:  https://mccchurch.adobeconnect.com/webinar/

Recent research on End of Life care indicates that over 1/3 of families and friends trying to support a dying loved one wanted more information about what to do at the time of death, as well as about the actual death and dying process. It often falls to spiritual care providers, such as chaplains in a clinical setting or those offering congregational/pastoral care in a spiritual community, to be present with these people and to help meet this need.  Having increased knowledge and flexible communication skills can increase the effectiveness of those ministering in these contexts.

This webinar (open to all but specifically relevant to chaplains, pastors, and any church leaders offering pastoral care) will provide information about the dying process, space for reflection and conversation, and practical tools for communicating with the bereaved.

Specifically, this webinar will assist participants in:

  • Comfortably discussing death and the dying process with peers, family members, and non-clinicians.
  • Explaining the death and dying process to persons that are emotionally attached to the dying person, with verbiage that is appropriate to their ability to listen, understand, and accept.
  • Having increased awareness of one’s personal context and the capability of correctly investigating the context of others, to better communicate important information.
  • Helping better support families before, during, and after a person dies.

The webinar is being presented by Rev. Tim Hamilton and will qualify for CEUs for clergy.

Rev. Tim Hamilton has been a Hospice Chaplain since 2000, when he was with AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Currently, he is a Hospice Chaplain and Grief Counselor for Kaiser Permanente Foundation.  During his ten-years with Kaiser, Tim has increased accessibility to the Los Angeles Bereavement Groups, which are now open to the public and welcoming of the LGBTQI communities.  This part of his ministry is important to him, as bringing people together in times of suffering is an excellent opportunity to narrow divisions and draw comfort from all people.

Rev. Tim responds to all hospice calls, including crisis visits and death pronouncements.  Expanding the understanding of the death process, how it fits under the spiritual umbrella, and integrates into the clinical team, is a key ministry for Rev. Tim.

Rev. Tim was ordained into MCC in 2008, graduated from The Pacific School of Religion, is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, and Certified Grief Counselor.  He has completed internships at St. Luke’s (San Francisco) and Children’s Hospital (Los Angeles).  Tim has attended End-Of-Life Doula workshops, complicated grief courses, and taught Understanding Spiritual Aspects of End-of-Life to clinicians and laity.

This webinar is appropriate for local churches as a part of their congregational care team training.  Groups are welcome to participate together, from a central location or from their individual computers.

To register, please email [email protected]


16 March 2018
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Office of Formation & Leadership Development