Courage for Caregivers * Open to All Interested Participants*
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Campus | Sacred Heart Retreat House
507 N. Granada Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91801-2799
Registration Fee: $80 includes Lunch and Transportation
As spiritual care providers we give spiritual care to those who are sick, to those who are dying, and to the family members also caring for these individuals. Our support extends to professional caregivers in hospitals or other care facilities, to administrative staff, and to front-line staff working in the wider community to provide medical and supportive care. Our mutual caregiving occurs in a multi-faith and often secular context.
At the same time, it is possible that some of us are presently or will one day be caregivers to our own family members or friends. It is humbling to realize we will all one day be care receivers. Like all caregivers we are challenged amidst the stresses and demands of our daily work to care for ourselves so that we might flourish and be sustained over time.
The theme and goals for the 2018 Joint Conference, are beautifully evocative of many of the insights Henri Nouwen’s writing offers on the mutuality of caregiving and what it means to have a hospitable heart capable of holding both the joys and sorrows, immense challenges and surprising gifts inherent in our care of others and ourselves.
Throughout the day, the facilitator will illustrate insights gleaned from Henri’s writings with her own experiences “in the field” and share inspirational teachings from Jean Vanier, Roshi Joan Halifax, Parker Palmer, Fr. Thomas Keating.
Overall themes (sessions) for the Day of Reflection will include:
- The Mutuality of Caregiving
- The Challenge of Caregiving
- The Gifts of Caregiving
- Self-Care and Spiritual Practice
Interwoven throughout the four main sessions will be reflections on the value of:
- Listening to Suffering, Listening with Heart
- Deepening Awareness of the Needs of Care Receivers
- Appreciating the Needs of Family Caregivers
- Understanding the Experience of Grief
- Dealing with Difficult Situations
- What the Dying Teach Us
- The Practice of Mindful Presence
Small groups will have the opportunity to share experiences to deepen understanding of lessons learned from care receivers and also to reflect on the challenges of care giving. There will be time for personal reflection and participation in a guided meditation.
Day of Reflection Facilitator
Susan Morgan is a community chaplain with Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a national organization of visiting nurses and multi-disciplinary teams. She has served in this capacity for the past thirteen years. Her work focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on palliative care and the giving of emotional and spiritual support to the families and caregivers of dying individuals as well as to field staff offering medical care in the home. Susan feels she has received far more than she’s been able to give.
Prior to her hair turning white, Susan graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit’s Regis College, University of Toronto with a focus on spiritual direction.
She has appreciated the opportunity to undergo training in bereavement education and grief work, as well as Contemplative End of Life studies at the Institute of Traditional Medicine. Susan has long been inspired by the ministry of Henri Nouwen and the teachings of Roshi Joan Halifax. She remains especially grateful for her formative years as a member of a L’Arche community.
Susan worked with Jean Vanier, to create two television film series on the body of his work and the spirituality of L’Arche. That experience remains to this day food for her heart and soul.
Susan is long married and a mother of two grown daughters.