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The St James’ Institute presents: End-of-Life Care: Spiritual and Pastoral Dimensions

Tuesday 3 May | 10:00am-2:00pm | St James’ Hall and Online | $60

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If anything pulls one out of ordinary time, it is death. A cartoon character says: “The results of a study released today confirm that living is the number one cause of death.”

What lies at the heart of pastoral and spiritual care for people at the end of their lives? While opinions may vary, and euphemisms abound, the fact of death cannot be denied, yet its name is seldom spoken. What is also unequivocal is our responsibility as a society to do all in our means to ensure people living and dying from serious illness have equitable access to high quality support and care. We would not tolerate suboptimal care at the commencement of life. Pastoral and spiritual issues deserve increased focus for the frailest older members of our community.

Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson (RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci, B Theol, M Theol, Grad Dip Geront, PhD) is a nurse educator with a keen interest in theological and spiritual aspects of ageing, death and dying. Her latest book is Ageing in a Nursing Home: Foundations for Care.

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