Addressing the Spiritual Needs of Persons with Dementia in Parish Ministry
90 Minute Workshop
Sunday, June 2, 2019 (1:15 pm session)
Workshop Level: Intermediate
NACC Certification Competencies: PPS1, PPS2, PPS5, PPS6, PPS7
Debbie Armenta, MA, MDiv, DMin
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology & Associate Director of Formation
St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary
This workshop will examine the unique spiritual needs of individuals with dementia in the parish setting and identify the complex dynamics of families seeking spiritual care and support. Using visuals aids, large group discussion, small group discussion, and role-play we will examine: some of the dynamics of family with loved ones diagnosed with dementia, the spiritual needs and practical application of the spiritual needs of both the loved one and their families within the parish setting.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Identify, discuss and analyze complexities of the spiritual needs of persons with Dementia in parish
- Demonstrate through various tools in the session an increased sensitivity for the families and their loved ones, particularly in areas of grief and loss.
- Construct concrete resources and strategies of spiritual care for implementation in parish and facility settings appropriate to the needs and settings of the individuals in their care.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
- Do This Remembering Me. Colette Bachand-Wood
- Forgetful But Not Forgotten: Parish Pastoral Care of Dementia Sufferers. Annette Kestel. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol2/iss1/17/
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– None provided by the workshop presenter(s)