Spirituality and Aging Seminar

PLEASE NOTE: Registration is suspended for now, as we determine how COVID-19 concerns will affect this year’s seminar. We will be in touch with those who have already registered once decisions have been made.

Embodying hope, faith and playfulness in caregiving: Practical and spiritual resources for a complicated vocation

We have all heard both comments portraying caregiving as a depressing burden and stories suggesting that caregiving is a spiritual experience leading to increased growth and happiness.  Surely our beliefs about giving care influence how we navigate its challenges. But what to believe? How can we sort out these differing visions without being lost in either pessimism or idealism?

Our morning session will focus on how resiliency—reflected in narratives of spiritual community, emotional maturity, and healthy interpersonal relationships—can impact our experience as caregivers.  The afternoon session with explore implications for spiritual resiliency in situations of specific need, such as accompanying those with dementia and working toward forgiveness in broken relationships.


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 to chat about Spirituality and Aging.

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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.