Liberating unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame

Aging & Chronic Illness: Redeeming the Destiny We Were Born to Fulfill

American culture overvalues youthfulness and undervalues or completely dismisses the value of aging. Acute illness is viewed compassionately and treated aggressively; chronic illness receives less attention, support, and sympathy. 

As members of our death-denying, youth-inspired society, we unconsciously adopt these values for ourselves. Without even realizing it, we cut ourselves off from our inner elder who holds the wisdom that we secretly long for. It is never too late or too early to make the acquaintance of the Wise Elder archetype that awaits redemption. Nor is it too late to help patients develop an "exit strategy" by providing them with a prognosis. Provocative videos and thought-stimulating questions that help clinicians craft therapeutic dialogue that openly addresses healthcare dilemmas with patients and their families. This presentation will take you into your depths to discover ways you can access the interior Sage awaiting your acquaintance.

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify cultural barriers that interfere with healthful aging.
  • Become acquainted with our ageless, interior “Wise Person” who can cultivate within us the courage to change and grow.
  • Contemplate the relationship we have with our future self and how it can be used to help us inhabit ourselves more completely.