HPNA Phoenix: Death Cafe for Healthcare Providers

Hosted by Deb Bershad


Nov. 3, 2022

Start time:

6:00 p.m. (MTN)

End time:

7:00 p.m. (MTN)

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About this Death Cafe

While stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout continue to rise among healthcare workers, new ways are needed to support ourselves and each other. The Phoenix Chapter of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is offering Death Cafe for healthcare providers. Death Café is a lightly structured space to have real conversations about death from both a personal and professional perspective. It is a group-directed discussion with no guiding questions or themes, and has the intention of creating a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental space to share and to help ourselves make the most of our (finite) lives. We recognize that healthcare providers often face unique experiences related to death and dying, and we want to honor those experiences in the Café. All who identify as healthcare professionals are welcome to join. No preparation or prior experience with Death Cafe is necessary. We hope this will be a rich and meaningful experience for all, and we look forward to seeing you there!

About Deb Bershad

Deb has proudly worked in the frontlines of healthcare since 1973. She worked 3 years as a student nurse and was honing her nursing skills, as a team leader, her senior year of nursing school. She has served in a wide variety of acute care settings and spent a decade working as a travel nurse in 7 states and 18 hospitals. Curiosity took her to the role of CMS Surveyor for health care facilities in CA.

She relates feeling fortunate to save the best role for last, proudly serving as a hospice nurse prior to retiring the end of 2019. She encourages service through professional affiliation and remains as an engaged member of ANA and HPNA.

She encourages all nurses to stand tall, stand proud, and stand together. Together we learn more and together we achieve more!

Deb now serves patients and their families as an End-of-Life Doula at Hospice of Yuma, and facilitator of Yuma Death Café in Yuma, AZ.

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