Christine Longaker

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Christine Longaker is the former director of the Hospice of Santa Cruz County (California) and is considered a pioneer in the hospice movement. She has provided trainings in caring for the dying around the world since 1978. She co-designed Naropa University’s accredited training in ‘Contemplative End-of-Life Care’,[1] and is the author of Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, which has been translated into nine languages.

Biography[edit]

Christine was born and raised in southern California. Soon after her first husband Lyttle died in 1977, she helped to found a hospice in Santa Cruz.[2] In 1980 she met Sogyal Rinpoche in California and became his student.[3] In 1993 she helped establish Rigpa's Spiritual Care program. She served as national director of the Rigpa Fellowship in America for nine years.[4] In April 2009 she gave the opening address at the International Spiritual Care Conference "Compassion and Presence: Spiritual Care for the Living and Dying" in Killarney, Ireland.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, Arrow Books, 1998, ISBN 0-09-917692-0

Articles and chapters[edit]

  • Maria Wasner, Christine Longaker, Martin Johannes Fegg and Gian Domenico Borasio, "Effects of spiritual care training for palliative care professionals" in Palliative Medicine 2005 19, pages 99–104
  • "Transforming Suffering Through Compassion" in Doris Wolter (ed.) Losing the Clouds, Gaining the Sky, Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2007. ISBN 9780861713592

Further reading[edit]

  • Sherry Marshall, Devotion: Following Tibetan Masters, Sydney: Simon & Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0 7318 0767 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faculty & Teachers
  2. ^ Skinner Keller, Rosemary; Rosemary Radford Ruether; Marie Cantlon (2006). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America , Volume 3. Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 1096. ISBN 9780253346889. 
  3. ^ Marshall (1999), p.14
  4. ^ Marshall (1999), p.12
  5. ^ Conference report

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