Speaker: Pam MacPherson

The Power of Presence: Being at the Bedside of the Dying

Pam will share her poetry as she reflects on her experiences at the bedside of the dying. Many lessons have been learned in those sacred moments of mystery, not the least of which is how powerful it is to be fully present to another. Pam’s book Vigil: The Poetry of Presence, her book of poetry, is available from Pam or from Phoenix Books.

Pamela Heinrich MacPherson has been an advocate for quality care at the end of life for over thirty-five years. A member of the VNA’s Hospice Team for 16 years, Pam retired in 2004. In returning to the role of Hospice Volunteer, she continues to find deep meaning when sitting vigil in the last hours of life.