Kate Kunzelmann

 Kate understands death and dying is a natural part of life. However, never before has the topic been so much on the national agenda. Kate is a registered nurse and has held senior positions in nursing and nursing education. With extensive experience working in hospices, Kate finds the courage of dying people and their loved ones humbling.

Kate believes that those who honour the dying by acting as their advocates and carers need assistance with knowledge and skills to offer that special support. Although she understands that many family and friend supporting carers have also done heartfelt work without any training.  One of her concerns is how carers think of themselves last, and she hopes to highlight the importance of self care.

From her experience and knowledge, Kate can share how to deal with the practical and the emotional skills needed to provide relief for the dying person and their support team.  She believes the role of an End of Life Companion will become more needed as many people now don’t have a family or friend support system, and would still like to stay in their own homes.

For Kate, it is a privilege to gain the skills to support a dying person towards the end of their lives to have as good death as is possible.  In so doing, she believes you honour the humanity of the dying person by sharing in what is both a universal and unique experience. She believes it also assists the grief and bereavement for family and friends, knowing they have given their loved one comfort until their final moment.

Kate says it can assist the grieving and bereavement for family and friends, knowing they have given their loved one comfort until their final moment. For Kate, death comes to us all but dying well is something we could learn more about.

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