Classes and programs

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CLASSES

Most of us will some day be confronted with the needs of a very ill or dying loved one. You may be overcome with fear and anxiety, not knowing what to do. In collaboration with WITC Ashland, The Cypress Center offers classes that teach a beautiful and gentle way to approach end-of-life and the grief that comes with it, so you don’t have to panic, but rather step into this important time with confidence and courage. All courses are offered in 1.5 to  2.5-hour weekly sessions in different numbers of modules. Most are offered in Ashland and Washburn, so you can find the time and location that work best for you depending on your personal preferences and circumstances. Our course groups are small and intimate so you can feel safe and connected.

 

– Non-Medical End-of-Life Caregiving (Basic) 5 weeks:

This small group, 5-week course is focused on the caregiver role with a loved one who is living towards death. We discuss the basics to give you a good foundation for this very special and rewarding, but also demanding and difficult time. The idea is to help you understand the dynamics of what is happening and what you may expect. If you are well-informed and prepared, you will be more confident and able to handle the tasks ahead.

Modules:

  1. A terminal diagnosis, now what?
  2. Understanding the process.
  3. Palliative care through your hands.
  4. Taking care of the caregiver.
  5. Resources and tools.

2017 classes are closed. Please check back for classes in Spring 2018 program

Cost: $55 for the full course ($9.38 for Seniors 62+) and $12.00 for the workbook payable to the instructor at the first class.

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– Non-Medical End-of-Life Caregiving (Advanced) 5 weeks:

Another small group, 4-week course focused on the caregiver role with a loved one who is imminently dying, and follows EOL Caregiving 1. We will go deeper into the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the dying process and how we can be helpful as non-medical caregivers. Being well prepared will minimize fear and maximize your competency and confidence! This class offers ample time for soul-searching and discussion. At WITC only.

Modules:

  1. Physical changes and how to care.
  2. Getting prepared.
  3. Working with hospice in your home.
  4. Psycho-social care.
  5. The last days and hours.

2017 classes are closed. Please check back for classes in Spring 2018 program

Cost: $55 for the full course ($9.38 for Seniors 62+) and $12.00 for the workbook payable to the instructor at the first class.

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– Good Grief Integration 5 weeks:

An interactive and highly effective 5-week course to help you integrate unresolved and/or current grief of any kind. Understanding your grief, honestly exploring the emotions, and relating to others dealing with theirs. Consider loss through death or divorce, illness, pet loss, loss of home, expectations, etc. Past participants have created wonderful lasting bonds through the deeply personal nature of this course.

Modules:

  1. Understanding Grief
  2. Exploring the Emotions of Grief
  3. The Road to Healing
  4. Loving and Helping Yourself
  5. Embracing the Future

2017 classes are closed. Please check back for classes in Spring 2018 program

Cost: $45 for the full course ($12.41 for Seniors 62+) and $12.00 for the workbook payable to the instructor at the first class.

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  – S.M.A.R.T. Decisions: Completing your Health Care Directives 5 weeks:

This 5-week course will guide you through the completion of your Advance Healthcare Directives. Not an easy task, yet possibly the most important one you will ever finish! Working in a small group can help you form ideas about what is important for you should you not be able to speak for yourself. This wonderful course, written by Dr. Karen M Wyatt MD, is really great for couples!

Modules:

  1. Surveying values and goals
  2. Measuring the meaning
  3. Accessing your tools
  4. Recording your wishes
  5. Talking to your team

2017 classes are closed. Please check back for classes in Spring 2018 program

Cost: $47 for the full course ($25.75 for Seniors 62+) and $12.00 for the workbook payable to the instructor at the first class.

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MORE CLASSES

Information is key to good choices and decisions when it comes to end-of-life and care giving. We offer short, stand-alone, two-hour classes around helpful, interesting, and newsworthy subjects and speakers. These classes are helpful for people in all stages of life. It is good to be informed before your situation is urgent or critical. Talking with others around the table about important subjects such as care choices, understanding Medicaid programs, or what end-of-life care options really mean, will open up your mind for when you need to make important decisions.

Coming soon:

– Understanding End-of-Life Care Options

– Understanding the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Order

– Working with Hospice in your Home

– Choosing to Bring Your Loved One Home

Cost: $25.00 per class per person. Offered at The Cypress Center in Washburn.

 

SUPPORT GROUPS

Support groups are specifically designed for heart sharing without a curriculum, but rather a theme. At the Cypress Center we offer a variety of support groups for different situations you may find yourself in. Talking to others who are going through similar circumstances, can give you some air to breathe and perhaps a new or different perspective on your situation. You are not alone and listening to others can be healing. Sharing your story, when you are comfortable, and feeling that others understand what you are going through, can restore your confidence and sense of normal. Our support groups are a safe and confidential place of holding ourselves and others in gentle understanding.

Call for dates and times: 715-373-0700.

 

COMING SOON:

– Grief Cafe (after the work day grief support group)

– Men’s Grief Support Group

– Divorce Grief Group

Suicide Grief Group

Call for dates and times: 715-373-0700

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CREATIVE WORKSHOPS

When life’s circumstances have us in a grip, it can feel suffocating and dark. Emotions like anger, sorrow, and fear can fester deep inside and we may not always know a way out. Externalizing is the remedy for deeply held, difficult emotions, yet not all of us can find the words, or feel comfortable speaking them. Creativity can help. When we are creative, energy flows between our heart and our brain.  The Cypress Center collaborates with local artists and creative teachers to design 2-hour workshops. Working around the table with others, creating with your hands, sharing stories if you want, and walking out with a personal heart-healing piece, is our goal.

Coming soon:

– Expressive Journaling

– Making Memory Books/Boxes

– Making Vision Boards

– Coloring Mandalas

– Making Dream Catchers

Cost: to be decided depending on teachers and materials needed.