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Caring for the Caregiver - Session #3 Recreating Oneself After a Loss

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Chichester, NY 12416

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Session #3 is a three day program held respectively on Saturday January 5th, February 2nd, and March 2nd, 2019. The price of $300 includes all three days in this session. Each day's schedule is from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Illness and end of life can be the most difficult times in our lives.

The Black Plum Center is a place to explore this strange and life-changing journey together. “Caring for the Caregiver” is a multi-denominational program created for the benefit of all caregivers who struggle each day to navigate the inevitable challenges of being there for others while also taking care of themselves.

As a Chaplain, Zen Priest, and teacher of chaplains, Rev Trudi Hirsch has participated in the lives of thousands of patients, families, friends, and partners who are facing serious illness and end of life. Rev Hirsch has observed how unprepared most of us are for navigating either the practical challenges or the emotional waves that follow the death of the one being cared for.

Caregiving is an art that can be learned. We might find ourselves in the position of caregiver by desire or called to it by the need of the moment. Either way, caring for oneself in the process can be neglected, which often leads to exhaustion and health problems as well as emotional instability. As we learn to care for ourselves we are better able to be there for others.

“Caring for the Caregiver” is a good place to begin for anyone interested in pursuing the path of becoming a Chaplain.

These workshops are not designed for comfort and entertainment, but as focused work for personal growth. Those willing to explore the issues that arise in themselves and in others are welcome to join this supportive and caring program.


Session #3 Overview: “Recreating Oneself After a Loss”

  • Learn about coping with the grief of loss.

  • Examine our life as a whole, the rhythms and patterns of how we live.

  • Learn to recognize and let go of labels that we have created about who we are.

  • Reflect on how we deal with transitioning. How to honor, value, and preserve memories while recreating ourselves in the wake of our loss.

  • Learn how to hold our deceased loved ones in our heart rather than clinging to the past.

  • Create personal rituals and explore spirituality as a way of moving forward into the unknown.

  • Includes writing exercises, readings, and other practical tools for helping you care for yourself.


Daily Schedule

9:30-9:45 Greetings/intro and synopsis of the day. Tea and coffee provided.

9:45-10:30 Guided relaxation, breathing and meditation. Will sometimes include tension release stretching, visualizations, and contemplation.

10:30-12:30 Educational and exploratory part of day. Teaching according to the theme of the day.

12:30-1:30 “Lunch and Learn”-- each Saturday incorporates a specific teaching during lunch. A simple gluten-free lunch is provided.

1:30-4:00 Fleshing out what you've learned. Pairing and small group process.

4:00-4:45 Reviewing questions and exploring unresolved issues specific to the day.

4:45-5:00 Unwinding together. Tea and coffeee provided.

5:00-5:30 Guided relaxation, breathing, meditation.

This program will be co-facilitated by Wendy Drolma

To sign up for all three dates you can use the "Register" button above. Please dress comfortably, arrive early, and be ready to participate at start time. Door opens at 9:15am.


Cancellation Policy

Until December 5th, 2018, cancellation will result in a full refund.

No refunds will be issued on cancellations after December 5th, 2018.


Monthly Support

Throughout the year we focus on self-care by making available a series of experiential workshops. These workshops are offered to give you alternative ways to care for yourself. For more information on the workshops below, dates and times, and to sign up online please use links provided.

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