GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT
WHAT WILL WE BE DISCUSSING?
In order for clergy to be effective Shepherds of their entire flock, “Death” is a part of life that must be addressed. Over the following months, we will be discussing a myriad of sensitive and important subjects in the dying process including signs and symptoms of dying with tips for caregivers. In the last days of life as death approaches, we will discuss the physiological changes including weakness and fatigue. We will look at why the dying stop eating and drinking fluids, and why they appear to withdraw from the world.
We will learn how best to help a terminally ill person, and how best to comfort their loved ones. We will look at the grief process, which begins at the time of diagnosis with the prognosis that the patient has less than six months to live if the illness progress as normal. We will learn about pre-bereavement, and the 13 months grieving phase after the loss. We will discuss Vigils, essential prayers and meaningful funerals/homegoings/memorials that will bring comfort to all family and friends in their time of great sadness.
WHO WILL BE THE MAIN TEACHER?
Our Ex-officio Matriarch, Archbishop Directorate General of the Americas and Acting Archbishop Directorate General of Europe ++ Dr. Christine Mercy Johnson is a Chaplain with the International Federation of Christian Chaplains – Badge # 4226. She has served in Hospice for over ten years professionally and trains clergy to act as responsible chaplains to hospices, nursing homes, hospitals, and individual families. Dr. Johnson has conducted hundreds of funerals and vigils over the years and has a particular sensitivity towards supporting children and adults with special needs who find the death of a loved one especially confusing. Dr. Johnson will share her knowledge in order for us all to best learn how to be confident Shepherds in this ministry.