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Learn How to Respond to the Spiritual Needs of People Who Are Living with Life-Threatening Illness

3 CE Contact Hours

Studies show that people who have spiritual practices are healthier and live longer, but many nurses feel uncertain when the subject comes up because spirituality is both vast and profoundly personal.

This 2-hour CE course is designed to help you center and strengthen yourself spiritually, no matter what your faith is, so you can respond more effectively to the spiritual needs of people who are living with life-threatening illness.

I recommend that you practice regularly, not just when you’re working with ill persons because you will bring joy and depth to your life in countless ways!

“We live in a sacred, rich, beneficent universe with

a wealth of love and support for us.

The whole matrix is a conscious living mystery

A cause for joy and celebration

Not a problem to be solved or a resource to be manipulated

Our birth, our death, our being in the moment—

These are sacred doorways to unimaginable realms of exploration, beauty, and possibility.”

~ Paraphrased from Terence McKenna (1946–2000)

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

I invite you to explore easy multicultural ways to meet your spiritual needs for your own well-being and so you can better help your clients meet their spiritual needs, too.

The author’s viewpoint is based on three spiritual principles:

  • Our spirit does not die: It leaves the body and continues its journey.
  • 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.

This course is offered by Awakening to Grace, which 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]


"I really enjoyed the self-compassion assessment tool. I think I will try this on my colleagues. Especially in my field of anesthesia, we forget that we have to give ourselves compassion in order to give compassion."

"This was a refreshing and novel way to earn CE's. I liked being able to identify my own spiritual needs."

Your Instructor


Sharon Burch MSN, APRN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Sharon Burch MSN, APRN, PHCNS-BC, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC
Sharon Burch perceives life through her instinct and intuition then uses education, planning, and evaluation to guide herself and her clients.

Sharon 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 HolisticNursingCE.com, 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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