Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals:
A Finished Heart has been utilized as clinical continuing education approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for 1.5 CEUs, presented under the auspices of the Northwest Association of Death Education and Bereavement Support. This workshop included focus on being sensitive to the experience of gay couples during end-of-life care. I welcome collaboration with counselors, social workers and similar professionals who would be interested in facilitating post-performance discussions or co-developing workshops.
Teens live within a world of intensity. A Finished Heart meets them in this world, validating their emotions and the expression of deep feeling. A Finished Heart provides a model of intimate relationship and commitment for teens, regardless of sexual orientation. When school counselors serve as discussion facilitators directly after A Finished Heart, students become more aware of school counseling resources in the context of sharing personal thoughts and feelings with their peers in safe space. In this letter, a high school assistant principal describes how experiencing A Finished Heart relates to developing emotional intelligence and how it encouraged her students to share their own personal stories.
Businesses, Government & Military LGBT Inclusion:
To build acceptance and welcoming of LGBT lives that ensure the success of organizational missions, A Finished Heart normalizes same-gender unions in people's hearts. This printable flyer explains how A Finished Heart uses empathy to build understanding and respect for LGBT diversity and inclusion.
Human Resource Departments and Employee Assistance Programs:
Read how and why to utilize A Finished Heart to support individuals faced with caregiving death and dying, loss and grief. A Finished Heart reaches out and moves audience members regardless of sexual orientation, supporting employees to validate their feelings and providing an opportunity for them to connect with each other.
A Finished Heart models compassionate communication for caregivers, inspires discussions on the many facets of love, and builds empathy that opens doors for affirming and welcoming LGBT congregants. If you are involved with a place of worship engaged in the discernment process regarding LGBT participation, A Finished Heart fosters the depth of discussion essential for this journey. The Revered Dr. Glenn H. Turner wrote that A Finished Heart "opens our hearts to a tenderness and compassion which might well serve to awaken us to a deeper sense of openness and presence."
Utilize A Finished Heart to support family caregivers, clients and volunteers and to provide continuing nursing education to staff. "I found Eliott's work to offer insight into the dying process that no training has ever been able to convey," wrote Valerie Jones, LMSW.
Thoughts on Voluntary Stopping Eating & Drinking:
The choice to end one's life with the aid of a physician when certain conditions are met is legally possible in a handful of U.S. states. One option that some terminally ill individuals choose, regardless of their state of residence, is to stop all foods and fluids -- a practice known as Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED).
Due to his cancer, Chris' digestive system stopped working. Attempts to use a feeding tube caused unbearable discomfort that could not be resolved. Chris chose to disconnect this tube. A Finished Heart shares our personal journey, anchored in emotion and relationship, through which to discuss medical, legal, ethical, social and spiritual questions that arise with the practice of VSED.
I invite professionals in appropriate fields to contact me if you are interested in collaborating to develop and promote such discussions utilizing A Finished Heart.
A Finished Heart brings audience members to deeply connect with themselves, with each other and with universal experience, as they are immersed in the intimacy of caregiving and dying in an atmosphere of love. Hospice chaplain Mary Peterson describes a tender example of two people connecting during A Finished Heart.
Workshops are available to further explore themes of the performance. Facilitators affiliated with your organization or professionals of your choice are welcome to lead these educational opportunities.
A Finished Heart has received enthusiastic praise from individuals, granting organizations and non-profits since 2009. In 2016, the work was invited for inclusion in New York's United Solo Festival. Click here for a list of supporters and presenters.
A Finished Heart and post-performance discussions are intended as theatrical, educational and community-building experiences. They do not constitute therapy, or medical or psychological services of any kind. Always seek appropriate professional services as needed.