Family Coaching

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What is Family Coaching?

Family Coaching is a specialty of coaching that focuses on bringing compassion, understanding and spiritual guidance in helping families to discuss end of life concerns such as preparing for a loved one’s transition, discussing rituals and plans with the dying person, and helping the person at the end of their life make their wishes known to the family, inviting family members to participate with them as they prepare to die. This may include sharing their ethical will, their five wishes, financial plans, and celebrations of life.  It is important that family members openly support the loved one in sharing their wishes,  along with navigating the process of dying in a compassionate and loving way. In the coaching process, the coach will guide the family with tasks, exercises and skills for communicating with love, compassion and authentic support.

What if family members do not want to participate?

Your coach is prepared to help those in the family who are ready and willing to participate for the sake of their loved one.  If a family member is too afraid, or unwilling to be involved, they should not be pressured.  The coach will help the family to accept that not all family members can approach this sensitive time, but can be supported by those who are ready to fully participate.  Time is often of the essence and some people need more time to come to grips with what is happening.

How and where does the family coaching take place?

You and your coach make contact over the phone or Skype for an agreed session time, usually a couple times per month. There is flexibility in that you can talk to your coach from anywhere in the world.  The family will be encouraged in these sessions to design their own plans for support and learn how to facilitate family meetings on their own after a few coaching sessions. The length of a coaching relationship with the family depends on your needs and desires. You and your coach will discuss your needs to create a plan that meets your family’s needs.

What experience does my coach have?

Elaine is a Master Certified Coach with ICF (International Coaching Federation) and has been coaching leaders and professionals for over 30 years.  She recently completed her certification as an End of Life Practitioner, and is presently leading bereavement support groups, family discussions on preparation for end of life, and is doing grief support groups.  She has a doctorate in organizational leadership, two masters degrees in education psychology and Industrial Relations.  She has hundreds of hours of experience as a coach, educator and speaker. In addition, she spent over ten years as a spiritual coach successfully helping people prepare for death, preparing family rituals, celebrations of life and building strong and resilient practices for the family to embrace one another in this process.

Dr. Elaine brings compassionate understanding and support to facilitation of group process, helping people to disclose, forgive, and approach death with an open heart, making the end of life of their loved one a truly sacred time.

How much does coaching cost?

The cost for coaching is $75/hour. There is also opportunity to apply for scholarships should this cost be prohibitive.