Courses Introduction

“I’ve been privileged to hear Christine Longaker lecture and conduct workshops on death and dying on several occasions over the years and I’ve always been deeply touched.  Yes, she’s an ‘expert’ in possessing so much useful and practical knowledge, but far more than that is the quality of her presence that vivifies her knowledge: this is a compassionate, caring woman who is there for you.”

 — Professor Charles T. Tart, PhD, author of Living the Mindful Life

More about Christine

Christine Longaker is author of Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, published in eight languages, and co-author with Dr. Gian Borasio of research on the “Effects of Spiritual Care Training for Palliative Care Professionals,” published in The Journal of Palliative Medicine. She has been giving 

professional trainings on the integration of mindfulness and compassion into medical care, psychology, and social services for almost forty years, which has brought her a considerable international reputation. Christine is a pioneer, having co-founded one of the first home-care hospices in California in 1978. In 1993, she helped establish an international Spiritual Care Program, where she served as Education Director for twenty years. In collaboration with Naropa University in 2003, Christine co-authored and was one of the core faculty members for a unique combined residential and online palliative care accredited training.
Currently, she’s writing a book on self-compassion, and developing retreats, trainings, and online courses based on the book. Known for her presence, depth, and clarity, Christine is a dynamic and heart-felt speaker.


Jon Kabat-Zinn and Christine Longaker at the International Spiritual Care Conference: “Compassion and Presence”, Ireland, 2009


Testimonials from participants in a Compassion and Presence Training led by Christine Longaker, New York, 2010


Research shows: Spiritual Care Training Benefits Caregivers, by Dr. Gian Borasio


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