Poetry of the Mind
Slowly I am handpicking individuals who have a strong interest and presence in my work. These individuals find ways to consistently carry out the mission of Conversing with Death.
Kevin Quiles, MDiv, MA
Kristin Quiles, BA
Ingela Symreng, Phd.
Conversing with Death is dedicated to training caregiving professionals in the field of death-and-dying. Unlike many great programs made for educating the professional on how to help others grieve a loss, Conversing with Death specializes on the professional's own awaiting death, however far away perceived. Cultivating a felt-sense of impermanence can lead the qualified expert not only toward a personal appreciation of life in the moment but also into a deeper connection with clients or patients.
Ingela brings an enormous wealth of experience from California as a psychologist who specialized with chronic patients. Born and raised in Switzerland, she has contributed to the field through writing, interviews, and workshops.
Now seventeen years as the Social Services Director, Kristin supplies efficient care to residents and their family members. Her many years of experience offers valuable insight to the evolution of Conversing with Death.
Conversing with Death Team
Five years ago I officially introduced a unique existential process to professionals who care for the aging, ill, and dying members of our communities. I carried and developed this psycho-spiritual method during my fifteen years of chaplain service in hospice. And as you might expect, the idea evolved into a mature, experiential but, nevertheless, somewhat systemic approach. Today, Conversing with Death teaches and trains psychologists, social workers, licensed counselors, physicians, nurses, and clergy how to work with death-and-dying by beginning with their own sense of mortality or impermanence. Several opportunities are now up and running to supply a solid source for caring specialists: Workshops, one-on-one training, the certificate of completion course, and peer consultation.