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End of Life Care Summer Seminar in Ambialet, France

This seminar invites participants to recognize the immeasurable value of forethought, preparation, decision-making, and action in dealing with the end of life. Participants will learn practical skills for communicating and interacting, including activities based on the understanding that our ultimate goal is a good life—all the way to the very end.

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      Explore perspectives on the end of life.

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      Discuss normalizing death and dying.

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      Experience the calm of Le Prieuré.

    • Explore perspectives on the end of life.

    • Discuss normalizing death and dying.

    • Experience the calm of Le Prieuré.

  • Seminar Outcomes:

    Topics for the seminar will include:

    • Normalizing and humanizing death and the dying process
    • Developing communication strategies for Palliative Care, Patient Preferences, and Family Dynamics in End of Life Care
    • Applying the Principle of Proportionality and Double Effect to Quality of Life Issues
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    Rosemary Bertocci, Ph.D., Professor & Department Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Francis Rohlf, Ph.D.     

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  • Your Home During the Seminar

    Summer 2020: May 11 - 24 | Ambialet, France

    Saint Francis University's site in France is a renovated historic priory located in the picturesque Tarn Valley in Southwestern France. Perched on top of the hill at the end of the road, the building overlooks the quaint village of Ambialet (population 41), where time seems to have stood still.

    This peaceful setting offers an ideal environment for reflection on the program's focus.

  • Who is eligible for this seminar?

    Undergraduate students who have already spent a semester in France, graduate students, faculty, and professionals and non-professionals with an interest in End of Life Care seeking professional development credentials.

    Program Cost

    Program Fee: $2,850 — includes the seminar, airfare, insurance, excursions, room and board

    A deposit of $300 is required at the time of application; the deposit will be applied to the program fee.

    Apply Today

    This program is limited to just 29 participants—apply today to reserve your spot!

    For undergraduate students who have already spent a semester in France and graduate students:

    Student Application

    For participants who are not students, faculty, or staff of Saint Francis:

    Community Member Application


  • Contact Us

    Juliana Horvath 19Juliana Horvath
    Office of Study Abroad
    Scotus 205

  • Topics for the seminar:

    Participants will learn practical skills for communicating and interacting including:


    • Advance Directives and Durable Power of Attorney
    • Collaboration with team members when implementing palliative care
    • Communication strategies concerning physical & medical aspects of dying
    • Competing values of concerned family members
    • Denial of death in society
    • Differentiate anticipatory grief, normal grief, and complicated grief
    • Ethical and legal concerns in end of life and palliative care
    • Home-based or Managed Care dying
    • Indemnifying health care providers
    • Individual perspectives about end of life issues
    • Normalizing the physiology of dying and death
    • Pain assessment and management at the end of life
    • Patient Preferences and the Principle of Autonomy
    • Physical signs and symptoms of dying
    • Physical, psychological, social, & spiritual needs & interventions for a dying patient and family
    • Quality of Life Issues and the Principle of Proportionality
    • Suffering of patients and families
    • The Method of Double Effect
    • Therapeutic Yoga for End of Life Care patients
    • Value of hospice and palliative care for quality care at the end of life
    • Withholding and Withdrawing Life-sustaining Treatments