The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
Suffering and Spirituality:
Exploring Practices that Soften Suffering and Promote Healing
Have you escaped suffering in your life? Do you know anyone who has? Suffering is not partial to any particular gender, race, or religion. Suffering spares no one and favours no one.
Serious illness and loss invite deep suffering when our lives and relationships are changed forever. Deep suffering opens the door to spirituality as attempts are made to make sense of and to heal from suffering. Deep suffering leads one into the spiritual domain as the big questions of life are faced.
Suffering and spirituality are an inseparable duo. If we are to be helpful, how do we soften deep suffering? How do we connect suffering and spirituality and promote illness healing?
This workshop will encourage us to (re)embrace conversations of illness suffering with our patients/residents/families and faith community members that will open space to illness healing.
The Trinity Model will be presented as a useful framework for thinking about the complex notions of suffering, spirituality, and illness beliefs. Healing practices will be presented that include: acknowledging illness suffering, challenging illness beliefs; and bringing forth loving interactions. These enable individuals and families to move from a place of illness suffering to illness healing.
Actual examples will be presented throughout the workshop to specifically illustrate how to soften suffering.
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