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Meaning, Memory & Mystery: Exploring Spiritual Care in Long-term Care

  • Resource Type: Webinar
  • Posted On: May 2, 2019
  • Audience(s): Families and care partners, Leaders and managers, Residents, Staff / team members

When life is difficult, it begs for meaning: Who am I? Why am I still alive? What is my role, now, in my family and community? How do I deal with change and loss? What is the meaning of life? These are spiritual questions.

Canadian society is shifting from a time when traditional religious expression was common, to greater diversity in our understandings of spirituality. How, then, do we support the spirits of all those in our long-term care (LTC) communities? What addresses our needs for love, hope, peace, joy?

 

By watching this webinar you will…

    • Explore the meaning of ‘spirituality’ and how it intersects with the experience of aging.
    • Become more aware of:
      – The spiritual needs of residents.
      – ‘Spiritual resources’ people access and how we can support them.
      – Barriers that get in the way of optimum spiritual care.
    • Imagine new ways of supporting the spirits of residents, families and team members, making spiritual care more accessible for everyone.

About the Presenter

 Jane Kuepfer PHD, MDIV, RP, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging

Jane has extensive experience as a spiritual caregiver in long-term care homes and in the community, as a registered psychotherapist, a spiritual director, and an ordained Minister in the Mennonite Church and the United Church of Canada. Jane completed a doctorate in Human Relationships (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) at Martin Luther University College with a dissertation focus in the area of Spirituality and Aging. As part of her role at the Schlegel-UW RIA, Jane coordinates an annual Spirituality and Aging Seminar, conducts research, and teaches graduate courses in Spirituality and Aging.

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