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The Healing Hand: Being Present for the Dying and the Living in the Hardest Times
April 22, 2018 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
What shall I do, what shall I say, and who am I in the face of this? These are universal questions that often arise when facing the illness or impending death of a loved one. This workshop is about connecting with the things that matter most in human life and relationship to self, each other, our faith, and our work in the world. Cantor and chaplain Sue Knight Deutsch brings her professional and personal experience to address these questions using stories, Jewish meditation, prayer and singing, positive psychology, and “what if” scenarios in discussion and journal prompts. These tools, coming directly from and combined with our Jewish tradition, help participants handle what life has to offer in its most vulnerable moments, and find the language and their own unique answers to these questions, to be present for those they love and care about in the face of uncertainty. The Healing Hand workshop helps those who seek to be a healing presence, to know what to say and how to say it in a most resourceful way with loved ones facing illness and death. Knowing how to conduct the 5 conversations can lead to peace of mind and reassurance that we can contribute wholeheartedly to others even in the face of fear and uncertainty.