One of the best-kept secrets amongst hospice workers is the extraordinary end-of-life experiences (ELEs) that they observe or hear about while caring for the dying and their loved ones. The shared death experience (SDE) is the crown jewel of this phenomenon. This presentation introduces the SDE, which is a particular type of ELE in which caregivers and loved ones of dying persons report feeling as if they have participated in a dying person’s transition to a benevolent afterlife.
William Peters, M.A., M.Ed., MFT, is the founder of the Shared Crossing Project whose mission is to positively transform relationships to death and dying through education and raising awareness about extraordinary end-of-life experiences (shared crossings) and their healing benefits. As the director of the Shared Crossing Research Initiative (SCRI), William and his team collect and study shared crossings. William is a global leader in shared death studies and end-of-life phenomena. He teaches methods to facilitate the shared death experience and to assist experiencers in meaningfully integrating their experiences.
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