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“When compassion wakes up in us, we find ourselves more willing to become vulnerable, to take the risk of entering the pain of others. We feel their heart bleeding into ours; we catch their tears. We relieve their pain as much as we are able, and by relieving theirs, we relieve God’s.”  Sue Monk Kidd, Firstlight


Heart to Heart Care at End of Life Care


The essence of Heart to Heart Care is compassionate presence. This training seeks to help participants open their hearts to a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional and spiritual issues surrounding the end of life. Through experiential exercises and shared experiences, the training encourages participants to be a mindful presence with intentional touch. The fundamental aspects of compassionate touch are taught through lecture, video, and demonstration. 


This training is appropriate for anyone who is part of the care team for individuals at the end of life.


The following continuing education hours are approved:

Licensed Massage Therapists: 20 CE hours in Touch for End of Life Care through NCBTMB

Certification in Heart to Heart Care

Heart to Heart offers a certification in Heart to Heart Care. Participants must complete Heart to Heart Care at End of Life and Heart to Heart Care for Elders and volunteer 48 hours with each population. Certification allows the volunteer to be considered as a Workshop Facilitator and eventually a class Instructor.

Course Content:

The Hospice Model

Dying, Death and Grief

Ethics, Boundaries

Compassionate Presence

Touch Techniques



October 11-13, 2019

Friday      5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Saturday  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM




Hospice of Chattanooga

4411 Oakwood Dr.

Building 1

Chattanooga, TN


Cost: $300*

Payment due upon registration.


*Scholarships available.

We offer partial/full scholarships to participants who commit to a minimum of 24/48 volunteer hours with one of our hospice service partners. For more information, call Pam 423-718-8925.


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