Aging and the Ageless Spirit: Images, Insights and Illuminations
Materials ranging in tone from Jacque Brel and the Beatles to childrens’
literature, depictions from pop-culture, the visual and poetic arts
expose and explore the agonies and ecstasies of aging.
“The Many Faces of Creativity in Later Life,”
Boston Society for Gerontological Psychiatry, MA
Keynote Address, Georgia Gerontology Society, 46th Annual Conference,
“Spiritual Eldering: Evidence-Based Protocols Proscribed
by Childrens’ Literature,” Recuperative Centre, Jamaica
“Last Acts: Meaning-Making at the End of Life," Plenary
Address, Issues in Gerontological Care, Contemporary Forums Conference,
“And God Created Women,” Opening Plenary, Women in
Thanatology, Cullowee, North Carolina
“Facelifts and Tummy Tucks: Cosmetic Surgery and Other Attempts
at Staying Young in an Aging Society,” American Society of Aging
42nd Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA
Keynote Address, The Phenomenal Woman at 40 and Beyond: Growing
Toward Excellence Conference, CAREing Ctr, Kennesaw State University,
“Aging:The Agony and the Ecstasy,” Visiting Nurse Alliance
of Vermont and New Hampshire, Inc. 4th Annual Meeting, “Montshire
Museum, Norwich, Vt
"Completing the Life Cycle: Issues of Death and Loss,”
Keynote Address, GRECC Conference, Geriatric Research Education and
Clinical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs, Hilton Hotel, Gainesville,
Families and Death: Insights, Hindsights and Illuminations
Families, however defined, can be torn apart or brought together
when a member is facing terminal illness. Drawing heavily from the
arts and humanities as well as from clinical material, the following
presentations explore the manifestations and healing power of grief
when a child, sibling or parent is dying.
Forgot to Sing Her a Lullaby: Children, Family and Death,"
Pediatric Grand Rounds, UMass Medical School, Worcester;
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence;
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, Scotland
International Conference on Children and Death, Edinburgh University,
Scotland. Daily Opening Plenary Presentations:
(1) "Sibling Concerns: Spoken and Unspoken, Blatant
(2) "The Death of a Child: Insights and Consolations from the
Arts and Bereaved Parents"
(3) "Helping Children Cope: Timeless Strategies, Resources, and
Through the Arts: Promises and Perils Post 9/11," Current Controversies
in Ethics, Law and Nursing, New York University, NY
Panel, SIDS International Conference, Rouen, France
in the Community: Responding to Loss," Keynote Address, Institute
for Clinical Health Psychology & Family Loss Project, MSPPC, Newton
From Awareness to Cultural Competence
Enormous differences in attitudes towards illness, death and the understanding
of grief and bereavement exist in the cultures and affiliations of
those assigned to our care. Although it is politically correct to
encourage multicultural sensitivity, our reality too often falls short
of our rhetoric. Furthermore, generalizations about any religion are
problematic because religious beliefs evolve continuously to address
changing cultural conditions. Striking variations in beliefs and rituals
exist among practitioners of each of the world's religions.
This listing of illustrated lectures and workshops highlight the
complexities of belief systems, concerns, consolations, and ways ethnicity
may be obstacle or aid in our interactions.
all about Shalom: Hope Healing and a Touch of Garlic," Rodef
Shalom Temple, Pittsburgh, PA
End-of-Life Issues from Minority Perspectives," The Science and
Ethics of Aging Well, Boston College Initiatives on Aging Conference,
the Arts to Support Caregivers: In Theory and Practice," Forums
in Osaka, Yamagata, Tokyo, Japan
Meaning & Milestones: Helping Our Grieving Children in a Multicultural
World," Friends Way Symposium, Rhode Island College, Providence,
RI; Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Poised on the Hyphen," Moravian Theological Seminary, Bahnson
Ctr, Bethlehem, PA
Healing Power of Hope and Grief: Reflections on an African Experience,"
Society for Arts in Healthcare, Orlando, FL.
at the End of Life: Suffering and the Healing Arts
Core principles of hospice and palliative medicine are now considered
mainstream. These programs identify new models of care, define spirituality
and hope in ways that transcend religious affiliation, and illuminate
healing possibilities at the time of death.
A Celebration of Life," Plenary addresses and workshops, New
Zealand Annual Hospice Conference, Auckland, New Zeland
of Suffering: Images Sacred and Profane," Plenary Presentation,
8th Annual Palliative Care Conference, Toronto, Ontario
Acts: Old Paradoxes and New Paradigms," Keynote address, Palliative
Care in the 21st Century, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago
the Arts?" How Humanities and Arts Can Enhance Palliative Care,"
Sheffield Univ., England
and Medicine: Restoring the SOUL to Healthcare," Society for
Arts in Healthcare, Providence, RI
Visual Arts: Windows on Suffering and the Human Spirit," Plenary,
13th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal,
International Society for the Advancement of Humanistic Studies in
Medicine (ISFAHSIM), 28th Annual Meeting, Keystone, CO
Good Dying: Issues and Overview: Shaping Health Care for the Last
Months of Life," Opening Speaker, Invitational Symposium, Sponsored
by The Center to Improve Care of the Dying, The George Washington
University, Corcoran Gallery of Art. DC
Care: In Theory and Practice
Aging, illness, dying, and grief are life-cycle processes not pathological
events. Palliative care concerns not simply care of the physical body,
but care of a person’s mind, spirit, heart and soul. These lectures
are intended to broaden participants’ conceptual and practical
understanding of holistic care through interactive and experiential
engagement. Various handout materials, including current web resources,
are provided to support participation and learning.
Voyage: A Journey Through the Mind/Body Connection," Featured
Speaker, 2nd Annual Powell Psycho-oncology Symposium Morton Plant
Cancer Center, Clearwater, FL
Questions," The John Hazen White Honors Colloquium, University
of Rhode Island, RI
with Dying: Engaged Care to the Very End, and Then Some," Keynote
Address, Northeast Regional Nurse Practitioner Association, Westford,
in/of End-of-Life," Montifiore Grand Rounds, NY; Lahey Clinic,
Traditions: Sacred and Profane," Opening Plenary address, National
Hospice Organization 19th Annual Symposium, Atlanta, GA
'Good' Death: Meaning-Making and Decision-Making at the End of Life
These provocative presentations illuminate the spiritual and practical
concerns of end-of-life care in the new millennium. Changing perspectives
on autonomy, assisted death, and the healing power of hope, humor,
and grief will be illustrated.
Essentials of 'Good Death' in the '90s," Keynote, Annual Texas/New
Rights/Last Rites: Decision and Meaning Making at the End of Life,"
Plenary, National AIDS Social Work Conf, Philadelphia, PA; The College
of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA
Death: Implications for Patients, Care Providers and Society,"
Opening Reception Dinner Speaker, Fourth Annual National Health Forum:
University of Florida, Amelia Island, FL
Moriendi: The 'Good' Death Then and Now," The Iris Fischer Lecture,
Program for Humanities in Medicine, Yale Medical School, New Haven,
Sex, Drugs, and Death: Changing Images of AIDS," Keynote address,
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Washington, DC
Rights/Last Rites: Decision and Meaning Making at the End of Life,"
Plenary, National AIDS Social Work Conf, Phila, PA
Address, National Association on HIV Over Fifty, (NAHOF), Scottsdale,
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Botswana to I-TECH" International Training & Education Ctr
on HIV, I-TECH, Invitational Meetings, Waltham, MA; San Francisco,
Modules and Semesters
UMass Medical School and Graduate School of Nursing
Dissection, Death and Dying "
Becoming a Physician"
Ethics and Decision Making"
Dying and Grief in Nursing Practice"
with Chronic and Life-Threatening Illness"
Rounds: Lahey Clinic, MA; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
What Is It To Die" Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Boston University
School of Medicine
Annual David Hockberg Lecture, Day Kimball Hospital, Woodstock Inn.
of Life Care: Difficult Conversations," Kenneth B. Schwartz Rounds,
MGH Institute of Health Professions, Charlestown, MA
Biology: Old Paradoxes and New Paradigms," The Cowan Memorial
Lectures in Humanistic Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine,
Grand Rounds, Women and Infants Hospital of RI, Brown University School
of Medicine, Providence, RI