Palliative Care

Caring for the Disabled at the Time of Death

Joys, Challenges, Sorrows at End of Life

Three speakers emphasized to a full house both the joys and sorrows that accompany the caregiver as they journey with the dying. The event was “Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities”, an evening co-sponsored by the deVeber Institute and L'Arche Toronto, and held at the L'Arche Gathering Place in Toronto on January 29. 

Susan Morgan, a chaplain, spoke about her personal experiences in ministering to the dying, and expressed her concern about when people “retreat” from those who are dying. She insisted on the importance of “presence”, reminding her listeners that their role is not only to be doing when attending to a dying person, but also just to be with them, sometimes even in silence.

Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

The deVeber Institute and L'Arche Toronto invite you to an evening of talks and discussion about palliative care and ethical concerns at end-of-life.
Thursday, January 29, 2009.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gathering Place, L'Arche Toronto, 186 Floyd Ave, Toronto.
Registration:  $5

Helping family, friends and support workers caring for an adult with a developmental disability who is nearing death:

  • To feel confident about making the right decisions
  • To reduce anxiety
  • To affirm their essential role in the life of the terminally ill person

Speakers:

  • Susan Morgan, MDiv, Community Chaplain with St. Elizabeth Health Care, York Region.
  • Dr. Paul Zeni, MD, family physician and Palliative Care Consultant for North Halton.
  • Jane Powell, L'Arche Assistant, graduate of a Certificate Program in Grief and Bereavement and co-facilitator of a grief group for members of L'Arche Toronto with developmental disabilities
    Light refreshments will be provided.