Befriending the Dying on Their Sacred Journey
Stay tuned for announcements regarding our 2011 Conference.
Below are details of our 2010 past Conference.
Participants were introduced to the objectives of the Sacred Art of Living and Dying which include the historical and cultural context of death and dying, a demonstration of the difference between spirituality and religion and the explanation of the concept of spiritual pain and its impact at end-of-life.
Three breakout groups were offered. A panel of religious leaders provided the medical professionals information regarding the rituals of their particular traditions at the end-of-life. Through case discussion, palliative care team members provided the religious professionals information regarding their work with patients who are facing their end-of-life. The needs of the bereaved family members were discussed by bereavement coordinators who have expertise as clergy and social worker.
Sister Mary Assumpta, CSSp, is director of Mission Effectiveness at the Jennings Center for Older Adults, Garfield Heights, OH and regional representative for the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Center which provides education on the spiritual components of end-of-life care. Since 2004 she has been affiliated with the Sacred Art of Living and Dying Center having completed all of their training programs and currently serving as a facilitator for training and certification in the program.
M. Karen Ballard, MCM, BCC, facilitator for Panel of Religious Leaders
Kevin Dieter, MD and Sarah Friebert, MD, facilitators for Panel of Palliative Care teams
Nancy Carst, LISW-S, CT and Beth McGuire, M.Div., CT, Co-Presenters for “Journey of Grief.”
1. Identify the seven historical/cultural traditions related to death and dying and how our Western culture has departed from those traditions.
2. Differentiate between spirituality and religion.
3. Describe the concept of spiritual pain and its relevance in end-of-life care.
4. Describe dimensions of spiritual pain and its meaning in terms of treatment.
5. Discuss the challenges of the grief journey.
6. Identify rituals of various religions as death approaches, at the time of death, and following death.
7. Through an interdisciplinary team process, identify the spiritual care needs of the hospice and/or palliative care patient and family.
8. Discuss the challenges of the grief journey.
9. Recognize and experience techniques in spiritual practices distinct from religious activities.
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