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iROC: Care of Families During End-of Life Vigils

Nov 14

4:00 PM5:00 PM
Kaplan Library Room 218

A Constant Presence in a Sea of Change: Care of Families During End-of Life Vigils

iROC - Investigating Research on CampusMSMC Associate Professor of Nursing Colleen Fleming-Damon

Please be with us November 14th when Colleen Fleming-Damon, School of Nursing, will present A Constant Presence in a Sea of Change: Care of Families During End-of Life Vigils

An end-of-life vigil is the existential act of being with another towards death. A family vigil is a phenomenon that occurs when one or more significant others gather by the bedside of a family member in the weeks, days, or hours prior to death. There is scarce research with specific focus on end-of-life vigil keeping, yet it is not unusual for those who minister to the dying to be present, bear witness, and share in this human experience. In contrast, representations of vigil in the arts and humanities are ubiquitous. The purpose of this presentation is to explore form, structure and meaning of the lived experience of vigil keeping for a dying family member at end of life.

Colleen Fleming-Damon is Assistant Professor at Mount Saint Mary as well as the Director of Education and Training at the Metropolitan Jewish Health System Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. As a hospice and palliative care specialist, nurse practitioner, thanatologist, and nursing educator for over 30 years, Dr. Fleming-Damon has extensive home care, nursing home, hospice, and palliative care experience in administration, education, and clinical practice. She currently practices at Regional Hospice and Palliative Care Center for Comfort Care and Healing. Dr. Fleming-Damon received her PhD in Nursing Research and Education from Adelphi University, a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Hunter College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She received a Post-Master’s Certificate in Thanatology from the College of New Rochelle and is accredited as a Fellow in Thanatology. 

A Constant Presence in a Sea of Change: Care of Families During End-of Life Vigils  will take place in Kaplan Library Room 218 in the Dominican Center. This event has been approved FYE credit as College Connection. All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker, please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services, 845-569-3546,

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