COMA COMMUNICATION Near Death Coma Communication and Process-oriented facilitators deal with patients, health practitioners, caregivers, and families - Victoria, BC, Canada
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COMA COMMUNICATION NEAR DEATH - a Summary of Research of Dr.  Amy Mindell, Dr. Arnold Mindell, and Stan Tomandl

Near death, people often enter coma and other remote states of consciousness. Process oriented coma workers believe these states present opportunities for deep inner experiences including: exploring the meaning of life, completing unfinished business, and making spiritual connections. Rather than being left alone, people in coma/remote states call for a special way of relating, that supports them fully entering their inner lives. This can bring immense relief to those in coma and to loved ones at the bedside.

Psychologists Drs. Amy and Arnold Mindell have been developing process oriented coma work since 1975. In 1986 they began to teach their method. In 1989 Arny published Coma: Key to Awakening. Stan published Coma Work and Palliative Care: An Introductory Skills Manual for Supporting People Living in Coma Near Death in 1991, and in 1998 Amy published Coma, a Healing Journey: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Helpers. The Mindell’s basic premise is that individuals near death are making decisions that require information from both their normal and deep inner states.

Coma and other states of altered consciousness, including those near death, can be enriching and enlivening opportunities for new experiences in “dialogue” and communication between patients, loved ones, and caregivers. Coma workers help patients discover more of themselves by bringing awareness to their inner experiences. We teach the language of close attention and love by noticing clients’ seemingly trivial or subtle cues: breathing, twitches, erratic motion, mumbling, groans, eye movements, and many others. We use a variety of techniques to help communication cues grow stronger and clearer, then we help connect those cues to patients’ inner awareness. Often we are able to set up binary (yes/no) communication systems to gain information and help make decisions. This whole process can encourage clients to be more conscious of themselves and their relationships with others.

People who receive active loving support for their remoteness, tend to experience themselves more deeply and may move more quickly and easily through their coma. Some individuals decide to revive for hours, days, or even months to complete their lives. Those who decide to die can do so with a greater sense of themselves and those surrounding them. Coma communication can also be very enriching for those at the bedside.

We are available as keynote speakers, workshop facilitators, and for private training sessions. For more information contact:

Stan Tomandl, MA, PWD & Ann Jacob, BA Ed
#502--620 View Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1J6
Phone+1.250.383.5677  Email**  URL**

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