Death with peace and dignity: EMDR therapy at the end of life
EMDR therapy is well-suited for work with dying patients. It can help ease pain, reduce the impact of prior trauma on current well-being, and foster positive templates to facilitate peaceful dying. EMDR protocol fidelity is maintained where possible, but can be modified to fit life expectancy and mental status. Many dying patients are lucid and can engage in full EMDR therapy. Abbreviated protocols can follow the EMD model or selectively target current issues. Those with compromised mental status can usually do calming exercises (Phase 2) and then focus sufficiently on traumatic material so that positive change is observed during BLS.
Original Work Citation
Ganzel, B., Keller, M., & Reiser, J. (2016, August). Death with peace and dignity: EMDR therapy at the end of life. Presentation at the 21st EMDR International Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN
“Death with peace and dignity: EMDR therapy at the end of life,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 9, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/23818.