“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.
“For some, the idea is just another sign of the creeping medicalization of everyday human woes: Is it really the best we can do to fix the loneliness ‘epidemic’?”
When: Friday, January 10, 2020, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Augustine’s Church, 2028 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Contact: Dr. Jim Lane 604-240-2725 / Dr. Toni Parsons: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Physicians and All Healthcare Providers & Their Families Celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB. Pray for the Preservation of Catholic Medical Ethics In Healthcare. Hosted by the Catholic Physicians’ Guild. Reception to follow.
Click on the link below to see a brief description of the program. It consists of eight 2.5 hour sessions.