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When You’re Not a Chaplain: Attending to Spiritual Issues in End-of-Life and Grieving

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT April 5 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Every caregiver can benefit from a richer understanding of our connectedness and the connection between spiritual health and wholeness. Ultimately, we can pass those benefits along to those receiving our care for the good of all involved.

The spiritual dimension of each person’s life is both highly personal and highly mysterious. And yet, effective spiritual care can be one of the most important tools in connecting with and nurturing those in the throws of grief, loss, or death.

This workshop presented by Pastor and Chaplain Bill Sperry will offer perspectives, resources, and facilitated discussions surrounding:

  • How spirituality may be connected to—but distinct from—religion
  • Ways that spirituality might influence attitudes and approaches to grief, loss and healing
  • How faith, belief, and culture affect each person’s spirituality
  • The role of the caregiver or health care professional in attending to spiritual issues
  • How an individuals’ own approach to spirituality may impact the support they give to others
  • Ways to—and not to—nurture the spiritual lives of the dying or bereaved
  • How to be a straight-A caregiver when nurturing healthy spirituality

Following the presentation, participants will have the ability to:

  • Articulate areas of distinction between spirituality and religion
  • Describe the impact spirituality can have on grief, death, loss and healing
  • Name appropriate ways a caregiver/healing professional can attend to and support spiritual issues

Please Note: Beverages, snacks and lunch are available to purchase at Food for Thought across the courtyard from the workshop location beginning at 11am. Participants are welcome to bring lunch to the workshop.

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., end at 1 p.m., with networking from 1-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Bill Sperry

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs.

Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs or PDUs available for $15. View NWADEBS membership information

Students and L&C Staff: Free (Contact cce@lclark.edu to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check.

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About the Presenter

Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since 2006, he has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Currently, Rev. Sperry is the Pastor of East Woods Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA, and also serves as a chaplain to our military in the Navy Reserves. But, his favorite titles and responsibilities are at home, as husband to Molly and “Dada” to sons, Ben and Will. Chaplain Sperry enjoys spending time with family, playing music, staying active outdoors, and savoring the great local food and drink that Portland has to offer.

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Photo by Gabriel Caparó