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Death Expo Encore Interview:
The Chrysalis Room: Transforming Death in the Nursing Home" with Loretta Downs
Welcome to this Death Expo Encore Interview! In this presentation Loretta Downs will discuss the Chrysalis Room project she created and how it is impacting end-of-life care in nursing homes. You will learn how to advocate for a Chrysalis Room in your own community.
Loretta Downs, MA is a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, writer, facilitator and consultant on the subject of supporting the end of life experience with comfort and dignity. Ms. Downs is a storyteller with extraordinary experiences that suffuse her lively presentations with love, compassion, hope and wisdom.
Ms. Downs retired from a successful business career in the Merchandise Mart to study dying and death. She holds a Masters Degree in Gerontology, and is Past President of the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition. She is a Metta Institute Certified End-of-Life Care Practitioner; a graduate of Roshi Joan Halifax's Being With Dying program; a Certified Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator. She is a member of the Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital Ethics Committee, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the American Society on Aging, and the Pioneer Network that advocates for culture change in elder care models from home care to nursing home care. Her reflections on the history of keeping vigil are included in an interview in the Chrysalis Room at the Fairmont Care Center for the film "Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject" which has been shown in hospitals, universities, homes and on PBS stations around the country, inspiring viewers to talk about their end-of-life decisions.