Love at Last Breath:
COMPANIONING AT THE END OF LIFE
This course approaches the issue of visiting with residents/patients and family in a caring, compassionate manner that goes beyond simple passing of time. The ministry of presence is a vital part of companioning. However, understanding the dynamics of how to companion in an effective way and understanding the needs of the dying person and their families are key to effective companioning.This is an interactive seminar with opportunities to practice what you are learning.
Kenn Balzer is an ordained minister and also has a teaching certificate and is busy ministering in his local church as a guest speaker, worship leader, and small group leader.
He has spent the last 12½ years as a chaplain with Carewest in both the hospice and long term care settings. Previously, he spent 16 years in pastoral ministry and is the past president of the Alberta Pastoral Care Association, Calgary chapter, and is currently president of Christian Pastoral Caregivers Association centered in Calgary.
Kenn has taken specific training at the Center for Loss & Life Transition, in Ft. Collins, CO, in the area of pastoral care at end-of-life and has attended numerous seminars on the subject. Kenn also facilitates the Pastoral Care Visiting and Loss & Grief sections of the May I Sit with You Awhile course offered through CPCA and The Centre for Pastoral Care Education at Rocky Mountain College.