“Rev. Dunn offered to our chaplains and social workers a peek into his compassionate heart
as he described the travails he embarked upon writing, ‘Hard Choices for Loving People,’
and ‘Light in the Shadows.’ Very helpful presentation!”
~ Hospice chaplain

Speaking Engagements

A frequent speaker on end-of-life decision-making, spirituality and healthcare, Hank Dunn offers insights and advice based on his more than 30 years of experience as a hospice, nursing home, and hospital chaplain.

His warm friendly manner, engaging story-telling, honest answers and practical advice translate into a meaningful and helpful presentation for families, healthcare professionals, spiritual and mental health counselors, and legal professionals alike.

Hank’s upcoming speaking schedule is listed below. To find out more about engaging Hank Dunn to speak to your group or organization, please call 1.877.513.0099 or email Hank directly at hank@hankdunn.com. See “Presentations and Conversations by Hank Dunn” below for some ideas on event themes.


Upcoming Schedule

Trade Shows

  • AAHPM Annual Assembly:   March 14-16, 2018 
    Hynes Convention Center; Boston, MA


  • NHPCO Management and Leadership Conference 2018:   April 23-24, 2018 (Booth 419)
    Washington Hilton; Washington, DC

Speaking Engagements

  • Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA:   Friday, April 20, 2018; 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

               CME/CEU program, “Annual End of Life Conference 2018” at the Waterfront Convention Center

               Information and Registration: Jody Johnston-Mohr, (563) 421-1284, johnstonmohrj@genesishealth.com


  • The Center for Lifelong Learning, Decatur, GA (ONLINE COURSE):   May 1, 2018 – June 1, 2018

               “In Life and in Death: Helping in End-of-Life Issues” (an online course)

               Information: https://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x2697507abcd

               Register online: https://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm


Presentations and Conversations by Hank Dunn

Presentations can vary in length from a half an hour in-service to an all-day conference that combines several topics. A typical presentation runs three hours and combines the practical medical treatment decisions with the emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life.

1. “Hard Choices for Loving People”

This is the basic lecture for the lay audience. End-of-life choices concerning CPR, artificial feeding tubes, hospitalization, and hospice are covered. The talk concludes with an introduction to the emotional and spiritual issues surrounding end-of-life decision making.

2. “Helping Patients and Families with End-of-Life Decisions”

This is the most requested topic for professional groups such as healthcare professionals, clergy, mental health counselors, attorneys, and financial planners. The medical issues are covered with practical suggestions to aid professionals in addressing these issues with their clients. As always, the emotional and spiritual issues are addressed, because Hank’s basic thesis is that, at heart, these treatment decisions are emotional and spiritual.

3. “The Journey to Letting Be: The Emotional and Spiritual Issues at the End of Life”

This presentation explores in-depth the life tasks involved in addressing the emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life.

The tasks addressed include:
  • Seeking forgiveness and reconciliation
  • Gaining a sense that what is happening is okay: Letting Be
  • Gaining a sense of being part of a greater whole, often expressed as living beyond death
  • Coming to terms with the denial of death
  • Letting go of “all I have worked for over a lifetime: possessions; career; family; ego/self”
  • Coming to terms with the “loss of control”


4. “My Journey to the Illusion of the Self”

Over his 30 years working with dying patients and their families, Chaplain Dunn has grown to accept the assessment of the mystics that the self is an illusion we create to live well in this life. It is a necessary illusion to help us function and to enjoy a fulfilling life. But this illusion comes at a cost…we are separated from our basic spiritual underpinnings. This is especially evident as we approach the end of life. Hank draws on the teachings from the major religious traditions, from literature, and from the poets.

Click the video below to watch a brief sample of Hank speaking at an event.


Click play below to hear a complete presentation by Hank Dunn

Listen to the talk, “Hard Choices for Loving People,” presented to a community audience of mostly nonprofessionals.

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Request an engagement

Call 1.877.513.0099 for more information or contact Hank Dunn directly via email at hank@hankdunn.com.

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