Storytelling is an emotionally propelled method of communication that bridges the gap between teaching and learning. Regardless of cultural differences, stories give meaning to our lives and move us beyond what we can see. Stories have a unique power to move hearts and minds. Emotions are stronger than logic. Stories illustrate and normalize difficult concepts in a way that people remember.
Inspired by her work with hospice patients and families, Mary offers her audiences vital life lessons from extraordinary circumstances. Mary shares poignant wisdom from the dying, entertaining tales of humanness, and life-altering stories to empower her audiences to take immediate positive action to achieve a greater sense of purpose and enthusiasm for life.
Mary inspires and educates from a decade of personal experience as a hospice nurse and by sharing the insightful stories and poignant photographs from her new book Enduring Love – Inspiring Stories of Love and Wisdom at the End of Life.
All presentations can be tailored in message and length to meet the needs of your unique audiences. Mary is available for national and international conferences. Contact our office today to schedule Mary for a memorable presentation.
A PORTRAIT OF DYING – A COMMUNITY EVENT
A Portrait of Dying is an interactive one to two hour community presentation that answers the question, “What is it like to die?” Through dynamic storytelling, Mary provides an honest head to toe look at what happens physically and emotionally in the last weeks of life. Mary’s unique experiences and reflections as a hospice nurse also address the common questions and struggles patients and families face at the end of life. She offers her audience inspirational stories of unconditional love, moving conversations with the dying and their advice for living. This is an excellent presentation for health care workers, families in process with death and dying, and for those with aging parents.
- TO EASE THE FEAR OF THE DYING PROCESS
- IMPROVE THE CARE OF THE DYING
- TO SHARE WHAT THE DYING HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING AND LOVING FULLY
- FAMILY MEMBERS PROVIDING CARE FOR THE DYING
- COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH AGING PARENTS
- ASSISTED LIVING, FOSTER HOME, AND LONG TERM CARE PROVIDERS
- HEW HOSPICE HIRES AND VOLUNTEERS
- HOME-HEALTH PERSONNEL
- NURSING AND MEDICAL STUDENTS
CUSTOMIZED CONTENT FOR CORPORATE AUDIENCES
Mary’s dynamic presentations provide a forum for personal introspection and prompt inquiry into a greater sense of purpose in life at home and at work. She shares powerful stories that demonstrate how others have responded positively, and grew from physical and emotional challenges. Mary’s stories motivate positive change and perception of stress. Her practical messages translate into workplace vitality and corporate wellness. Purpose driven, happy employees:
• have better morale and are more present
• take more initiative
• engage in a smoother workflow
• are better team players and trust each other more
• demonstrate improved performance and productivity
• communicate more openly
• ultimately boost profits for your business
CUSTOMIZED CONTENT FOR HOSPICE PERSONNEL
Mary offers customized presentations for hospice personnel that explore practical and appropriate methods of eliciting and sharing stories and appropriate humor for:
• immediate hospice family trust building
• meaningful non-threatening communication
• enhanced emotional and physiological symptom management
• contextually rich engagement
• memorable education
Sharing and eliciting stories with hospice families prompts discussions improving quality end of life counseling, and provides a forum for personal introspection and motivates change in behavior and thinking. Stories activate family involvement in decision making, resulting in better understanding and retention of education, which can result in improved patient care and higher satisfaction rates.