Life to the full: palliative care in L'Arche and beyond

Sat 04 Nov 2023 - Sat 04 Nov 2023

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Life to the full: palliative care in L'Arche and beyond


Life to the full: palliative care in L'Arche and beyond

This live Seminar looks at the question as to how as a society we can look at death and bereavement and see that it relates to how we see life.

What ACTUALLY happens… in the room where someone dies? How do we accompany people just before and just after they die? How do we honour them and remember them, and how do we help each other at these difficult times?

Irene will share with you the stories of Carol and Michelle, who died within days of each other. Carol died in hospital (rather unexpectedly). Michelle had moved to a local nursing home but was still very much part of the community. We will think together about what happened, who was told about their deaths (and how), and in what ways people were able (or not able) to be part of these huge life events.

Michael will then look at: What is palliative care and how is it helpful for someone living with a serious illness and their family? Could lessons learned in caring for the seriously ill be relevant to a world experiencing turmoil, suffering, and uncertainty? In his talk he will present the concept of “deep security,” which he sees as the most important teaching he received from his patient teachers in his 43 years at their bedsides. He will lead participants in a short practice to cultivate deep security, and discuss ways of fostering this in those we accompany and care for.

Practical information

🕒 Timetable
17:00 – 21:00 / Paris Time
16:00 – 20:00 / London Time
09:00 – 13:00 / San Francisco Time

📝 Agenda
- Introduction, presentation of the speakers & 1st Talk by Irene (45 min.)
- Q&A (15 min.)
- 2nd Talk by Michael, including a short spiritual meditation (50 min.)
- Q&A (15 min.)
- Break (45min.)
- Conversation between the two speakers (20 min.)
- Q&A Participants and Speakers (30 min.)
- Conclusion (5 min.)

⚠️ Limited spots


👉 50€ per participant.

- And we would be thankful for further donations, as if you are able to pay more it helps those facing financial difficulty.
- If it is a serious difficulty for you to pay the full amount please discuss the matter with us beforehand.

English Online Live Seminar
Location : Online
From Saturday 04 November 2023 To Saturday 04 November 2023


◀️ Irene Tuffrey-Wijne is a Professor of Intellectual Disability and Palliative Care & Long-term member of L’Arche London.
More about Irene / Irene on Twitter

▶️ Michael Kearney is an author, teacher, and retired palliative care physician. He was a member of L’Arche, London in the 80s and he worked as a care assistant at La Chaumiere in L’Arche, Trosly in 1982-83.