The Gift of Hospice: Opportunities at the End of Life

A Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Presented by Ambercare Hospice 

Co-sponsored by Southwestern College


Saturday October 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM 
Saturday October 16, 2010 at 6:00 PM 

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Recent Spring by Thomas Vorce


Camille Adair, RN
Ambercare Hospice 


United Church of Santa Fe 
1804 Arroyo Chamiso
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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When we face the reality of change and impermanence inherent to the human condition, we receive gifts of awarenss that can change the way we live. 

By exploring the opportunities that are available for people at the end of their lives, we find this same wisdom, applied to our lives, offers authenticity and depth. 

Join some of the most well-known experts in the field of hospice and palliative care in this cutting-edge conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

 The speakers will address where science & spirituality and arts & medicine meet in the power of the human story in healing individuals and families. The conference ends with a hospice caregiver monologue performance.

Anyone whose life is touched by the transition of chronic illness, aging, or the dying process can benefit and participate in this first annual conference, honoring the naturalness of being.

The keynote speaker is internationally renowned author,
Ira Byock, MD.  
           Ira Byock, MD

Ambercare's Director of Community Education, Camille Adair, RN will present the exciting new education program, "A Year of Solace," available through Ambercare. Her documentary film,  Solace: Wisdom of the Dying, will be available in DVD at the conference.

Conference Schedule

8:00-9:00       Registration / Refreshments

9:00- 10:00    Having the Difficult Conversations and “The Five Wishes”
                        Denys Cope,  RN & Jan Jahner, RN 

10:00-11:30  The Nature of Suffering and the Nature of  Opportunity  Through  
                        the End of Life,  Ira Byock, MD

11:30-12:00   Break / Book Signing
                        “Dying Well” Ira Byock, MD

12:00-1:30     Lunch

1:30- 2:30      Hospice and Sacred Rites of Passage
                       “The Final Crossing," Scott Eberle, MD

2:30-3:15       Non-physical Communication and Spiritual Messages
                        “We Are Here: Love Never Dies”
                        Jane Smith Bernhardt

3:15-3:30       Break

3:30-4:15       Caregiving and the Wounded Healer,
                        Karin Thron, MD & Camille Adair, RN  

4:15-5:00       Story As Medicine, Camille Adair, RN
5:00- 5:45      The Offering:  Personal Stories of Hospice Workers
                        Bob Chvatal, Hospice Chaplain            
                        Wendy Byrne, RN            
                        Karin Thron, MD            
                        Laurie Pugsley, SW  
5:45-6:00       Evaluations  

Register Now!Registration Fee:  $125        6.75 CEU's Available 

Hotel and Restaurant Information

  • Residence Inn

1698 Galisteo Street

Santa Fe, NM 87505


$149 for two types of deluxe rooms (plenty of availability)

Within walking distance from the conference location


  • Eldorado Hotel & Spa

309 West San Francisco Street

Santa Fe, NM 87501


$359 October 15th (higher price due to low vacancy rate/50 rooms available)

$219 October 16th (100 available)

10% discount for AAA members

Walking distance to the plaza/downtown


  • Hotel Santa Fe

1501 Paseo de Peralta

Santa Fe, NM 87501


Suites $239 (20 available)

Haciendas $309 (5 available)

Please ask for Desiree or someone in marketing.  She said it would be possible to get a rate in the range of $148-$207 if someone were to call soon and request a discounted rate. Even though this sounds nebulous, I have had good luck dealing with them in the past and like their relaxed New Mexico style. This is the only Native American owned hotel in Santa Fe.

Walking distance to the plaza and downtown. Teepee set up outside for guests (beautifully done).


  • Garrett’s Desert Inn

311 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 982-1851

1 Queen bed $129 (6 available October 15th)

AAA discount to $116 (7 available October 16th)

2 Queen beds $139 (19 available Oct. 15th and 16th)

AAA discount to $125.10

Walking distance to plaza and downtown (great location for the price)


  • Inn and Spa at Loretto

211 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, NM 87501


$279 plus $12 resort fee (60 rooms available)

1 block to the plaza, next to the famous Loretto Chapel with the famous spiral staircase

Amazing restaurant with quaint outdoor seating:





If you are staying in Santa Fe and have some time to explore, the following are restaurant recommendations.


  • BODY

333 Cordova Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505

505-986-0362  7:00 am – 9:00 pm 7 days a week

Restaurant is joined to a boutique and fitness center/spa.  Good for vegan, vegetarian and special food requirements.  Also serve meat, wine and beer. 

Appropriate for lunch during conference break, considering driving time and parking.


  • Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

555 West Cordova Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505

505-983-7929  Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week

Good red and green chile; famous for their extensive margarita/tequila menu

Appropriate for lunch during conference break, considering driving time and parking.


  • Shohko Cafe

321 Johnson St. Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-982-9708  Mon-Fri 11:30-2pm; Mon-Thurs 5:30-9:00; Fri-Sat 5:30-9:30; Closed Sun

Great Japanese/sushi

  • The Cowgirl

319 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-982-2565  Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week

Ecclectic food, and ambience.  A definite unique Santa Fe experience.  Street parking/can be challenging with time restraints


  • The Shed

113 East Palace Avenue Santa Fe, NM

505-982-9030  Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner

On the plaza; good red and green chile


  • Pranzo Italian Grill

540 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe, NM 87501



  • Chow’s

720 St. Michael’s Drive Santa Fe, NM

505-471-7120 Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week

Good Chinese food.

Appropriate for lunch during conference break, considering driving time and parking.