Living Well/Dying Well

8 Fridays 10:30-Noon

April/May of 2019 (April 5, 12, 19, 26th and May 10, 17, 24 and 31st)

Oakland DBT and Mindfulness Center - 4179 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, Suite 210

Introduction:  Dying eventually confronts us all.  Being “ready” includes psycho-emotional well being as well as an understanding of advanced planning and the importance of documentation. We want to empower you and we do this by giving you information and tools to navigate this phase of life.  Within the context of group learning/discussion, we will offer psychoeducation and assign homework to further your learning and growth.

This 8-week small group format is intended to provide an overview. We will point you to resources to help you create Living Wills and Advanced Directives, Forms for your Physician for your End of Life care, and Emotional skill sets, while helping participants be realistic in planning the future.  We will help you review your life with the aim of considering what parts of your life need attention and where you need acceptance, while supporting you to do both and pointing you to additional resources where possible. We will also discuss the medical systems approach to End of Life Care and help you think about decisions, as well as their emotional impact, which you may face.

In an interactive weekly small group session, Christine Benvenuto, MFT (psychotherapist and co founder of  the Oakland DBT and Mindfulness Center) will engage you around a range of topics with the goal of helping you imagine this phase of your life. David Pepper, MD (Family Physician, Faculty UCSF) will volunteer his time as a discussant at all classes.

Through sharing of real world stories (ours, yours and others) the intention is to appreciate the impermanence of life so that you can live fully as well as appreciate and plan for the days to come.  

Ideally, you have someone you can discuss your learnings with, either a partner, child, friend, physician or therapist.  As we will ask that you engage with themes that are emotionally evocative, additional support outside of class may be necessary.  A thought partner to think through exercises helps realistic planning and integration and if you are in a partnership, it is ideal if you attend class with this person.

Cost: $480 for 8 weeks

All participants will need to set up a 15 minute phone call to ensure you are good fit for this class.  Contact us here and let us know several times which you are available to set up a time to talk.