The board of directors of the Catholic Health Association of BC is pleased to announce that it will grant a $500 bursary to a graduating student who is enrolled in a Catholic secondary school or who is a member of a BC or Yukon parish and enrolled in a public secondary school or who is home-schooled.
Interested students are invited to submit a 500 word essay to the Association by April 3, 2020, that demonstrates an awareness and understanding of the significance of Spirituality in Health Care.
Lonely heart patients more likely to die within year of leaving hospital
“Patients hospitalized for heart problems may be at greater risk of dying within a year of discharge when they live alone or feel lonely, a Danish study suggests.”
The CHABC has a focus on providing training to parishes who are willing to start up a pastoral visitation program that helps to alleviate the loneliness described in the linked article. As pastoral visitors, parishioners can have an incredible impact on alleviating loneliness and improving the quality of life of those who are alone and due to circumstances, are not able to get out and socialize, meet friends and develop relationships, which many of us take for granted as part of our everyday lives. Loneliness is one of the most prevalent reasons that people request physician assisted suicide. We all have the ability to give the gift of companionship and to make a difference in the lives of another.
Click the link to read the article and then ask if there is anything you can do at your parish to help those in need.
The CHABC is embarking on a new program to expand the ability of parishes to train pastoral visitors with the intent of developing pastoral care visitation teams in each parish. These teams would coordinate visits to members of the parish who may be frail and not able to get out often or they may be alone and lonely, or they may have health problems that prevent them from leaving their home. In some cases, they may be individuals who have been moved to a long-term care home and have nobody to visit them.
For a brief description of the program, click on the link below. The training in this program is excellent for staff who work in a care home or hospital, for individuals caring for loved ones in their home or for people who visit with seniors in their homes or care homes. Many attendees have commented that it has been an enormous help to them just in understanding how to better communicate with family members and friends.
The focus of the program will be to start by offering the training to parishes who have the support to start a home pastoral visitation program. By training individuals from parishes to facilitate the training, we will vastly expand our ability to train large numbers of people throughout the province.
THE INSPIRING PRESENTATION GIVEN FROM DR. MICHAEL HRYNIUK AT THE ANNUAL CHABC CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER 2019