Spirituality and Aging Seminar

9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AGEING AND SPIRITUALITY
Due to the pandemic, the 9th International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality happened online. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with fellow scholars and practitioners around the world, without concern about distance, travel arrangements or expense! The conference theme, Vital Connections: Claiming voice and learning to listen, invited conversation about communication, communion and community in the context of aging and spirituality, issues that are increasing in importance in these pandemic times. Conference sessions occurred on seven occasions (90 minutes each) between June 8th and June 22/23, 2021. You can still register and enjoy recordings of all the sessions! Note: We sincerely hope to continue the conversation in person in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada from June 4-7, 2023, when we will host the 10th ICAS, with the theme Challenges and choices: Spirituality and dignity in later life! Feel free to contact jane.kuepfer@uwaterloo.ca to be added to our mailing list for information as it becomes available.

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With Open Eyes & Open Hearts: Recognizing and living the journey of dying and death together

Friday June 3, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST
In person and virtual

Click here to register.
$85 in person, $70 virtual

Aging brings us all into the reality of our own and others' mortality and the end of our material bodies. Advancements in treatment options for most life-threatening illnesses and diseases have increased our options exponentially, and now the responsibility for our choices lies within us. How we make these decisions for ourselves and respond to the decisions of our loved ones is influenced by many factors, including the generation we are born in (Silent Generation/Baby Boomers/Gen X/Millennials). Dying choices are also deeply affected by the pandemic collective grief fatigue experienced by most Canadians. Taking time to consider the many options in advance and reflect consciously on one's views of dying and death decisions will help lessen the burden of worrying about this in the future. Collectively we have suffered, and collectively we can lean on our spiritual traditions at end of life and support each other to lessen our fears and worries around dying and death. This seminar will be of interest both to those who work with people who are nearing death, and those who will someday die (all of us). 

LindaLinda Hochstetler is a Grebel alumnus from the 80s. She is a social worker living in Toronto who specializes in illness, dying, and death. She has accompanied hundreds of dying people and their families in their end-of-life journeys applying hospice palliative care principles in hospitals, residential hospices, and home care. She has just written a book (21 Days to Die: The Canadian Guide to End-of-Life) about recognizing death and making informed decisions at end of life, and focuses on the spiritual dimension of care, as well as all the practical aspects of dying and death. 

Looking for accommodation in Waterloo? Contact Zoe Andres to arrange to stay in a residence room at Grebel.

See Grebel’s Accommodations page on our website where you can get more info and then fill out the Accommodations Booking Form.


The Spirituality and Aging Program

Spirituality and Aging is a program area of the Research Institute for Aging. Its two-fold purpose is to promote and disseminate research in the field of spirituality and aging that will enhance the well-being of older adults; and to be a resource to students, community clergy, chaplains, and caregivers through university classes, public lectures, and workshops.

Research Institute for Aging (RIA)Learn more about the Spirituality and Aging Program.
Email jane.kuepfer@uwaterloo.ca

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Multimedia Videos

watch past lectures

Watch our special event videos: the Bechtel LecturesMennonite Literature series, the Eby Lecture, and the Sawatsky Lecture.