Interfaith Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
1:00 - 2:30pm ET / 12:00 - 1:30pm CT
When facing the profound loss of a loved person or pet, we cannot separate psychology from spirituality. Regardless of one’s belief system, spiritual outlook or concept of God, loss and grief almost always triggers existential questions, because searching for meaning is an intrinsic part of the grieving process. Anyone who works to support the bereft inevitably encounters this struggle, but often feels uncertain of how to examine it.
Indeed, a Christian might wonder, “Why would a loving god let this happen?” or “Is God punishing me?” A person who is Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) might ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this experience?” or “How is this experience challenging me to deepen my spiritual practice?” An atheist might question whether painful events are truly random, or if there is some deeper purpose to our losses.
It can be unclear how to engage productively with these questions while respecting the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual journey. Furthermore, in the mental health field, spirituality is often regarded as a taboo subject and not adequately addressed in counseling sessions or support groups. These spiritual questions can be present at any time in the aftermath of a loss, but may be particularly difficult following the holiday season, when the bereft might be reflecting on changing life trajectories.
In this webinar, attendees will increase their understanding of how to embrace and respect the psycho-spiritual aspects of the mourning process. Specific techniques and practices will be offered for addressing the theological issues that often face the dying and the bereaved. Unique supportive tools such as guided meditation, creative rituals and genogram exercises will be introduced, along with insights, best practices, and research-based evidence on the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and religion.
- Explain the significance of spirituality in the grieving process
- Demonstrate how one “neutralizes” spiritual concepts (meditation, altars, prayer, ritual) in an interfaith dialog
- Analyze Fowler’s Stages of Faith Development over the lifespan, and apply those stages to the experiences of clients and patients
Dr. Terri Daniel, CT, CCTP is a hospice and hospital-trained clinical chaplain (interfaith). She is certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. The focus of her work is to assist dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually and socially-spacious understanding of death, grief, and beyond.
Terri conducts workshops throughout the U.S. to help the dying and the bereaved focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its pinpoint clarity on the process of dying and grieving.
She has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
This webinar is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for 1.5 CE hours.
ADEC utilizes Zoom to broadcast its webinars. Those registered by the morning of Jan. 14 will receive the webinar access information later that afternoon. Anyone registered after that will receive the information by 12:15pm ET / 11:15am CT on Jan. 15.