Learn to Be a Healing Presence to Support People Who Are Living with a Life-Threatening Illness

4 Contact Hour CE Course for Nurses

This 4-hour CE course explores the challenges of helping people who are living with life-threatening illness and offers effective ways to respond to those challenges holistically.

This course is part one of a 3-part series that is designed to help nurses deepen their competence and confidence in caring for both their patients and themselves. It is based on evidence from holistic nursing practice, research, and the biological, behavioral, and social sciences.

The author’s viewpoint is based on four principles:

  • Holism (from Greek holos, meaning "all, whole, entire"): the idea that systems (e.g., physical, biological, chemical, social, mental, environmental, etc.) and their properties must be viewed as wholes that are synergistic and more elegantly powerful than just collections of their parts.
  • Our spirit does not die. It leaves the body and continues living.
  • By facing the reality of death, we receive vital gifts that empower us to joyfully live!
  • We are filled with love and light when we support each other to live and leave in peace.

Awakening to Grace is a CE Provider Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #17389.

We welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and personal stories. Simply email us at [email protected]

"This course was wonderful and in full alignment with my personal emotional, mental, and spiritual philosophy/approach to life and death." ~ Tasha R, Colorado

"Working as a nurse in an Intensive Care Unit, I regularly am faced with end-of-life dynamics between patients and family members. Learning more tools about how to communicate honestly and clearly with people about their end-of-life priorities, how to effectively listen and respond to those who are struggling in a way that is mindful, skillful, and genuine, and how to be a healing presence are invaluable aspects of this course I feel I am taking away and will be able to apply in my work frequently. I also intend to implement a more consistent self-care practice through being self-aware and self-compassionate when feelings of anger, fear or helplessness arise within myself while I care for others."

"I learned a lot about communicating in this course. I will need more practice, but I will be able to be a caring, compassionate presence in the life of my patients and my family and friends."

"After doing this course, I will be more open in talking about illnesses and dying along with increased importance of individuals having an advance directive in place. I feel if we get it known to individuals that it is OK to talk about how we want to be taken care of if something happens suddenly to us, we would be in a better place of facing illness and death when it approaches our door. I feel we put it on the back burner until it is right in our face knocking on the door."

"I really like the chakra tuning and I will be doing that on a regular basis."

"This course has helped me to understand more about listening and being present and how to use compassion. I care for patients and families every day who are experiencing situations presented here. Sometimes they are fighting a long battle, other times they are finding out that the life they once knew is gone and this course has given me resources to share and has helped me to gain strength and confidence to have difficult conversations with my patients and their families. I have also learned ways to be caring in my relations with friends and family."

"The most important takeaways I got from this course are about how to practice self-compassion, self-awareness, listening, and empathy. These are especially applicable to using with my daughter who's struggling with anxiety/depression."

Your Instructor

Sharon Burch is a board-certified Public Health Nurse Specialist, an Advanced Practice Holistic Nurse, and a holistic Health and Wellness Nurse-Coach. She is also certified by the Four Winds Society as an Energy Medicine Practitioner and a Teacher of Dying Consciously.

Sharon has practiced nursing in hospitals, long term care, home care, hospice, and the community-at-large since 1974. She began applying holistic health approaches in 1977 when she prepared to give birth at home. That profound experience inspired her to dedicate herself to empowering people to end ways of being that are not aligned with their values and embody new ways that are stronger, wiser, and more life-affirming instead.

She has authored two textbooks and more than 40 home study CE courses for holistic nurses and massage therapists, founded the nonprofit organization Awakening to Grace, and served as the Holistic Nurse Practice Specialist at the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA).

Sharon believes that nothing would help the world so much as for people to be supported to make lasting change in their thoughts and behaviors. To that end, she acts with creativity, conviction, and sensitivity to guide and empower her clients and her community.

Through, Sharon helps nurse change makers take the steps necessary to create and market outstanding online self-study CNE courses.

Through the Atma Clinic, she helps people who are stuck in chronic pain to find meaningful, sustainable relief.

In her free time, Sharon enjoys nature and volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Yoga Institute. Her mantra is “Life is sacred. Let’s honor and celebrate it!”

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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