Spiritual Support of the Heart and Soul
Offering palliative care patients whole life coaching to reflect, renew, reconcile and reconnect to life.
Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?
Everyone will have an EOL experience but few will prepare. For those in palliative care time becomes a known and precious commodity. Even after the advanced planning conversations many can become lost in a waiting period. How we spend that time can be life-giving, and a time to reconnect to life, family and our authentic self.
Using a life coaching model, companions can help individuals create and navigate through their end-of-life challenges and goals.
What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
I am currently experimenting with this idea in my current role as coach/spiritual companion for palliative care patients.
What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?
Is this viable? Does the current palliative care model support this? Can this service be billed? Can it be an accepted practice to use more than designated chaplains (end-time preparation) social workers (community resource) counselors (grief)? Does this fill a perceived need today?
Tell us about your work experience:
I was involved with small business development, have a MBA in health services, worked in non-profits, corporate executive, and have certificates in coaching and spiritual direction. Currently have a small practice and volunteer with hospice/palliative care.