Deb's Hospice/Caregiver Training
I've been accepted to attend the:
Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program
This is the first step toward a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling offered by the partnership of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the New York Theological Seminary.
The part I'm asking for help with is toward the first 8 credits of this 48 credit program. It is a 9 month immersion where I will begin to train to become a caregiver in hospitals, hospices, and other places where spiritual care is needed. This is an opportunity to be of service to those who require quality and skillful support when they or loved ones are ill, grieving or at end of life. I bring to this program an 8+ year mindfulness practice, coaching and mentoring training, an ongoing comittment to compassionate, active listening and ability to create space for others to feel held and seen with dignity and respect.
The Foundations in Buddhist Contemplative Care Training Program would allow me to go deep into the perspective of contemplative care with other like-minded people and leaders in the field of Buddhist caregiving. It is the first step in chaplaincy training, including a requisite of ongoing volunteer caregiving work so that what I am learning can go to immediate benefit in the world.
Your support will go directly toward:
- Pastoral Care and Counseling Course fees - Zen Center for Contemplative Care ($3,700)
- Literature and Supplies ($245)
- Travel, Lodging and Fees for curriculum based retreats ($400)
- GoFundMe Fees and taxes
- The opportunity for me to be a better volunteer service worker and caregiver.
- The opportunity for me to be able to offer spiritual care including attending the sick and dying, performing ritual, and offering spiritual direction.
If you know me, I hope you see this work as an excellent fit for who I am and what I am up to in this lifetime. I would be grateful and honored if you would consider joining me on this journey in whatever capacity is most meaningful to you.
I will keep you updated on my progress in an online diary so you can see your investment hard at work and learn what I am learning along the way.
More about the program can be found here:
More about what Contemplative Care is:
I have been remiss in posting updates in regard to my hospice care education. Suffice it to say the journey thus far has been deep and delightful, heartwarming and heartbreaking, all consuming and transformative. Over the coming weeks I will be posting excerpts from my reflections that I've kept since September and will continue to expand on. My gratitude for your support is now deeper than ever. I hope what I am able to share will illustrate that.
Lots of Love,