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  • October 26, 2020
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Therapeutic Conversations with People Who Are Suffering at the End of Life

with Sasha McAllum Pilkington

Monday, Oct 26, 2020
EastView at Middlebury
Middlebury, Vermont

 Six Alliant CE Credits Approved!

Workshop Description

“Suffering at the end of life can be transformed when a person feels connected to others and views their life as meaningful”

As a counsellor working for hospice, Sasha Pilkington meets with people who are suffering as they live with serious illness and the knowledge of their approaching death.  In this day long workshop, she would like to share some cherished narrative practices that can be helpful to alleviate suffering. In particular there will be a focus on ways of supporting people to feel connected, find meaning in their life and enhance their sense of being influential.

During the day there will be opportunities to:

  • Explore how we might create space for stories of suffering so that a person can give voice to what may have been previously unspeakable in ways that are helpful to them.
  • Explore how we might respond therapeutically when people feel overwhelmed by the suffering they are experiencing.
  • Examine practice stories, transcript and hear a recording that show nuances of narrative practice that can be significant in generating a sense of connection, meaning and agency.

We are looking forward to a lively exchange of ideas that provides participants with the opportunity to extend their thinking and skills. Participants may identify applications to other contexts of work.


Sasha McAllum Pilkington
Auckland, New Zealand

Please join me in welcoming Sasha back to Vermont! As a follow-up to her October 2018 workshop A Narrative Approach to Conversations at the End-of Life,  Sasha will focus on practices that can make meaning out of suffering. Having been a narrative therapist for more than 30 years, she has worked since 2008 as a counsellor for Hospice North Shore in Auckland, New Zealand.  As part of Sasha’s weekly practice she meets with people who are living with a life-ending illness, and their families, both in the community and in the hospice inpatient unit. She also meets with family members who are grieving after someone has died.


Sasha has published several articles illustrating narrative practice with people who are dying:

For further interest:

  •  Carlson, T., Epston, D. , Haire, A.,  Corturillo,  E., Lopez, A.,  Vedvei, S.,  Pilkington, S. (March 2017) Learning Narrative Therapy Backwards: Exemplary Tales as an Alternative Pedagogy for Learning Practice, Journal of Systemic Therapies,  Vol. 36, No. 1, pp. 94-107
  • Epston, D., Heath, T., Ingamells, K., Pilkington, S. (June 2016) Exemplary Tales: Virtual Apprenticeships


Venue Phone: (802) 989-7500

Venue Website:

EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Terrace, Middlebury, Vermont, 05753, United States


EastView at Middlebury is a retirement community next door to UVM/Porter Medical Center campus and around the corner from Middlebury College. Their beautiful upstairs meeting room has space for up to 50 people. Nearby accommodation in Middlebury – and other nearby towns- includes Inns, B&Bs, state parks, rooms in private homes. Please send your accommodation inquiry to Contact Us and we will do our best to help you find just the right place.