The Hope Enhancement Project

Posted on: 13:56 by michal

Does hope exist when there may not be a cure?
Life’s Door is changing the “hope = cure” paradigm

The Hope Enhancement Project* offers a new model for living with illness.
Patients and their families are often stressed, worried, despairing and, even paralyzed by fear. Health care professionals and caregivers who support people with illness and throughout aging, experience burnout and compassion fatigue.

Leading a new path, and in collaboration with prestigious academic health care centers worldwide, Life’s Door has developed a platform for patients and health care professionals to improve quality of life. The Hope Enhancement Project offers a transformative process that is both cost effective and user friendly.

The Hope Enhancement Project includes innovative and practical
methods to set attainable goals. Users are able to harness inner strength to face
obstacles presented by illness and aging – thereby fostering hopefulness and
improving quality of life.

The Hope Enhancement Project is being studied on both the behavioral
and neuro-scientific levels to demonstrate the impact on in the lives of people
facing illness, aging and those who care for them.

The Hope Enhancement Project: Opening a new, and hope-filled, horizon
throughout the journey of illness and toward life’s end.

*The Hope Enhancement Project is a flagship program of the Pamm Gross Kahane Healthcare Research Institute of Life’s Door and funded by the Naomi Foundation and other generous donors


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The Shared Journey

Posted on: 14:00 by michal

When we give of our humanity, we gain our humanity.
Volunteering to support those at life’s end is a gift of truth and love.

Volunteering with critically ill and elderly populations is challenging yet rewarding. Each interaction offers an opportunity for growth and development for both the volunteer and the beneficiary.

The Shared Journey is a community based volunteer training program that provides the tools necessary to work with seriously ill and people facing illness and end-of-life.

The Shared Journey:

  • Promotes a dialogue around illness and end-of-life.
  • Diminishes the isolation and loneliness people face during illness or at the end-of-life.
  • Emphasizes the personal connection and acceptance of the “other” as a personworthy of love and dignity.
  • Opens the volunteer experience to depth, meaning and inner growth, on bothsides of this sacred bond.

In the precious time we share, let’s share it with the richness of The Shared Journey.

The Shared Journey – The Volunteer Program

Posted on: 12:33 by sarit

This community based volunteer training program provides tools necessary to work with seriously ill and people facing end-of-life from diverse backgrounds.

Volunteering with critically ill and elderly populations is challenging, yet rewarding.  It is an opportunity for growth and development for both the volunteer and the beneficiary.

From Me to You emphasizes the personal connection and acceptance of the “other” as a person worthy of love and dignity rather than pity or avoidance.  This modular program is implemented as interactive workshops (3-36 hour opportunities available) that provide participants with the tools necessary to volunteer in the community.  Volunteers learn to understand internal strengths and the manner in which they can help their beneficiaries utilize their internal resources to go forward.   Volunteers are also provided with tools to help them deal with challenges and personal losses that they face as volunteers of the critically ill and elderly.


Conversation Circles – Self Care for Professionals

Posted on: 16:23 by sarit

Healthcare professionals represent some of society’s most caring individuals. They combat disease and make critical life-and-death decisions daily. The emotional load is immense – it is one of the main causes of burnout and .emotional fatigue; symptoms that are often ignored. Conversation Circles addresses this void

Conversation Circles is a self-care-tool for healthcare professionals that supports good patient care through fortification of empathy and hope. It provides a venue for exploration and of communication; hearing the “other”, validating and supporting one another to find meaning and strength.

In the Conversation Circles, a series of group sessions with teams of doctors, we generate a process which gives:

  • Skills and communication channels, with the emphasis on mutual listening tools, strengthening a sense of meaning, satisfaction, the ability to work effectively as a team and to understand the added value of emotional talking with colleagues.
  • Additional tools for prevention of burnout and compassion fatigue among professionals
  • Tools for self-care and improved function include: introspection, mindfulness and self-compassion, discussions with colleagues, and ways of dealing with people in difficult situations.
  • Tools for conversation with patients and family members until the end of life and for making decisions which influence the quality of life.
  • Understanding the added value of conversation about death for the patient and family members and ways of coping with the barriers to such a conversation.
  • Understanding the necessity of processing thoughts and feelings about death in general and ‘my’ death in particular.

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