Inspired or Tired? Making Sense of What We Do

Speaker Name: 
Jennifer Block Director of Public Education, Zen Hospice Project
Event Date: 
Sunday, July 5, 2009 - 11:00

Serving and caring for people at the end of life means being fully present to both the pain and joy of human existence. We who are involved in end-of-life care & advocacy, after-death care, and bereavement care, can become weighed down by the constancy of sickness, death, and grief in our work lives, or we can become celebrants of life and champions for healing. Jennifer will lead us in examining our beliefs and attitudes about life and death so that we can be effective -- and happy -- caregivers and advocates in the increasingly important and precarious arena of end-of-life care. If you have ever wondered about the meaning of your work, and how it relates to the bigger picture, this presentation is for you. And if not, come find out how to best support your colleagues who seem to be losing sight of it all.

Since 2004, Jennifer Block has served as the director of Public Education for the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco , California , creating curriculum, teaching workshops, offering spiritual care, and providing community outreach. In her current role, Jennifer shares the mission and learning of Zen Hospice Project nationally through the many curriculum she has created from her years of hospice and chaplaincy service. Jennifer also provides training and spiritual care to volunteers, clinicians, and caregivers, as well as friends and families facing the spiritual and emotional issues related to end-of-life care.