February 26, 2010

Grief specialist will discuss healing on March 24

“The Art and Practice of Being a Healing Presence,” an educational workshop for caregivers presented by Dr. Jim Miller, is scheduled on March 24 at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House, 5353 E. 56th St., in Indianapolis.

The nationally known grief ministry specialist and author from Fort Wayne, Ind., will discuss ways to become a more empathetic caregiver and healing listener.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. at the archdiocesan retreat center.

Presentations are intended for clergy, pastoral and bereavement ministers, funeral directors, cemetery staff members, chaplains, lay ministers, doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, educators, hospice personnel, spiritual directors, and others caring for grieving family members and loved ones.

The workshop will help participants examine their experiences as caregivers, and learn ways to be a healing presence in their volunteer and professional ministries.

It is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Family Ministries and the Catholic Cemeteries Association.

(The registration fee of $30 per person includes lunch and workshop materials. For registration information, contact Mary Williams at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis at 317-574-8898 or by e-mail at mwilliams@buchanangroup.org.)

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