Diagnosing Spiritual Pain is the second of four study units providing the historical and theoretical foundation for the Anamcara. Each of the study units is grounded in contemporary health care sciences and is inspired by the great spiritual traditions and collective wisdom learned from the dying.
The meaning of life and death, compassion and caring are explored in a nurturing environment. Based on lessons that the dying teach the living, this retreat format allows for ample reflection on the meaning of end-of-life. Exercises include meditation, life-priorities evaluation and self-care skills for maintaining a centered, professional presence.
The programme will enable participants to:
- Explore the nature and inter-relationship of human health and suffering and the universal aspects of meaning, forgiveness, hope & relationship.
- Live with enhanced purpose and meaning through all the stages and transitions of living and dying and accompany others to do so.
- Connect or reconnect the ‘soul and role’ in their lives.
What you can expect from this program:
- Experimentation with guided visualization formats for the ‘healing of memories.’
- Exploration of the ethical dimensions of end-of-life caregiving that impact the long-term emotional and spiritual lives of caregivers.
- Examination of the distinction between caregiver burnout and fatigue as well as other practical antidotes to stress.
- Exposure to basic theory and techniques related to Jungian dream analysis, particularly as it relates to emotional and spiritual pain at the end of life.
- Discussion of basic rights and obligations regarding body ‘aftercare,’ burial, memorial services and grief support for extended family systems.
- Five sessions of two-hours each in a Circle of Trust, facilitated by a trained animator. These sessions are held where possible in locations suitable to participants. Participants may have to travel to Dublin or other locations depending on availability of other participants and/or animators. On-line meetings may be facilitated if necessary.
Please click on this link to read Inside Out Magazine’s (Issue No .88 Summer 2019) interview with Professor Richard Groves on the Sacred Art of Living and Dying.
Please click on this link to view Professor Richard Groves speaking about the Sacred Art of Living and Dying in Ireland.
Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation