David Gillmore

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David Gillmore

Process work counsellor, palliative care nurse, Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt.

David Gillmore

Process work counsellor, palliative care nurse, Te Omanga Hospice, Lower Hutt.

Accompanying the less-responsive person

David focuses on that window of time when a dying person becomes non-verbally responsive. In this workshop, he introduces insights from process-oriented psychology that help us deepen our ability to accompany and communicate with the dying patient during their non-verbally responsive phase.

He notes that the way we understand the dying process (and the language we use) affects the way we interact with and care for our patients and their whānau. Some apparently “unconscious” patients respond when we bring our presence and awareness to the encounter in an unhurried manner. A meditative or awareness practice can greatly enhance our sensitivity to a person’s subtle signals and internal process as they are dying.

BIOGRAPHY

David has worked as a Registered Nurse in hospices in Lower Hutt, Christchurch and Sydney. He has a masters degree in process-oriented psychology and has a private counselling practice. Previously, he also worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. David has been nurtured by the Christian contemplative tradition and currently practices zen meditation.

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