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When You’re Not a Chaplain: Attending to Spiritual Issues in End-of-Life and Grieving

April 5th, 2018; 11:30am to 1:30pm

Guest Speaker: Bill Sperry, MDiv, Naval Reserve Chaplain

You may not be a chaplain. But, Chaplain Sperry believes that every caregiver can benefit from a richer understanding of our connectedness and the connection between spiritual health and wholeness. And ultimately, we can pass those benefits along to those receiving our care, for the good of all involved.

The spiritual dimension of each person’s life is both highly personal and highly mysterious. And yet, effective spiritual care can be one of the most important tools in connecting with and nurturing those in the throws of grief, loss, or death. In this presentation, Pastor and Chaplain Bill Sperry will offer perspectives, resources, and facilitated discussions about:

How spirituality may be connected to but distinct from religion

  • Ways that spirituality might influence attitudes and approaches to grief, loss and healing
  • How faith, belief, and culture affect each person’s spirituality
  • The role of the caregiver or health care professional in attending to spiritual issues
  • Ways to – and not to – nurture the spiritual lives of the dying or bereaved
  • How to be a Straight A caregiver when nurturing healthy spirituality

Bill Sperry, MDiv, Naval Reserve Chaplain. Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Communication from Northwestern University and his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Since 2006, he has served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Currently, Rev. Sperry is the Pastor of East Woods Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, WA, and also serves as a chaplain to our military in the Navy Reserves. But, his favorite titles and responsibilities are at home, as husband to Molly and “Dada” to sons, Ben and Will. Chaplain Sperry enjoys spending time with family, playing music, staying active outdoors, and savoring the great, local food and drink that Portland has to offer.