Coping with the end of life

‘Ian had been unconscious for several days… he awoke as his sister, who had just arrived from America, entered his room.  He opened his eyes, gazed at her, smiled and lapsed back into unconsciousness and died several hours later.’

Death Bed Dr Michael Barbato’s description of his time as a palliative care physician, in his book ‘Reflections of a Setting Sun,’ deals with his 20 year career observing patients deathbed visions, near death and the out-of-body experiences.

His work and research findings will be discussed at a seminar and workshop, ‘Healing Experiences around the End of Life,’ held at La Trobe University and The Wheeler Centre, at the State Library of Victoria on May 5.

Dr Barbato’s reflections bring new understanding and learning opportunities to health professionals and families dealing with the process of dying and the positive aspects of such experiences.

Designed to inspire, comfort and educate individuals, their families and friends during end of life experiences, Dr Barbato will explore frequently misunderstood events and the healing properties they can bring to traumatic situations.  

Workshop topics will include the nature of coma and unconsciousness, medical and holistic models of care, dreams, intuition and after-death communication.   

He will look at these issues in the context of physical, social and spiritual dimensions of care given at the end of life.  


WORKSHOP: Healing experiences around death.

9:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesday May 5.

Room G4, La Trobe University 215 Franklin St Melbourne  

Cost: $60

PUBLIC LECTURE: Healing experiences around the end of life.

7:00pm – 8:30pm, Wednesday May 5.

The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne.

Free Admission

To RSVP to the workshop or seminar please contact:

Fran Spain – 92855259

Dr Michael Barbato

Dr Michael Barbato has been in medical practice for more than 40 years and has been a palliative care physician for over 20 years.

He was the Medical Director of the Sacred Heart Hospice and the Palliative Care Unit at St Joseph’s Hospital, both in New South Wales, and Director for Palliative Care for ACT Canberra.

He retired in 2008 and now runs courses on Death and Dying for professional and community groups, and runs hands on locum work in remote parts of Australia.

For more information please contact:
James Ayers
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T: 9479 1187
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