A Circle of Caregiving is a monthly educational forum that is open to all who are interested in learning the techniques of pastoral care and understanding the variety of needs—mental health issues, end-of-life decisions, spiritual crises and more—that arise in a community of faith. Following are our programs for the fall. All sessions begin at 9:30 am in the Corning Logan Room, on the fifth floor of the Curry Church House. RSVPs are requested to Lance Hurst ([email protected]).
Participants in A Circle of Caregiving may elect to become part of a corps of volunteers who provide pastoral care on call to members and friends of Fifth Avenue. If you are interested in becoming a Circle of Caregiving volunteer, please click here.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Coping with Chronic Illness
Chronic illness can affect your quality of life and the lives of your loved ones and caregivers as well. This may cause you to feel overwhelmed, worn out and alone. This presentation provides skills, techniques and strategies to more effectively cope day to day. Our guest instructor is Juliette Kleinman, LCSW, senior social work manager, the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Sunday, Nov. 18
Touched by Suicide: A Complicated Grief
Every person who dies by suicide leaves “suicide survivors”—people who have lost a dearly beloved family member or friend. The grieving process for survivors can be traumatic, complex and isolating. Dan Hale leads a conversation about how the faith community can care for people whose lives have been touched by suicide. Hale is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Sunday, Dec. 16
When Christmas Sings the Blues
The holidays can be stressful! Many people struggle with feelings of sadness and loneliness while everyone else seems to be merry and bright. Ellen Theg offers strategies and practices for self-care and care for others that can mitigate the Christmas blues. Theg is a psychotherapist and bereavement counselor with the Bereavement Center of Westchester.