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Cultivating Compassion Workshop Series

Our Cultivating Compassion Workshop Series shares with others the knowledge that we have gained caring for and supporting individuals living with ALS, their families and their communities. Cultivating Compassion helps to improve effective communication among individuals living with ALS, families and healthcare professionals, while shedding light on the realities of living with and dying of ALS. The workshops offer information on patient care as well as an opportunity to discuss individual experiences.

We have expanded the Cultivating Compassion Series to incorporate a more intimate type of gathering, known as “Circles of Support.” At these events, CCALS staff facilitates discussion for families, friends, and caregivers of those living with ALS in more private settings. Participants are welcome to ask any questions they may have. We provide answers that we have as well as proven resources that families can access. We will also assist with coordinating community support to the extent the family requests.

Caregiver to Caregiver

Led by Ron Hoffman, Founder/Executive Director, and Erin MacDonald, MSW, LICSW, Senior Client Care Liaison.

Date & Location TBA

The Workshop
Come share the informal gathering designed to offer genuine support for those engaged in ALS caregiving. Enjoy the opportunity to be with other folks who have an intimate understanding of ALS and share your unique point of view as a caregiver. It is truly a wonderful experience to sit in council with ALS caregivers, to practice heart-centered listening, to bear witness to our journeys and those of others, and to support and be supported without judgment.

Men of ALS

Led by Paul Shea, Assistant Family Care Liaison and Program Specialist

Date & Location TBA

The Workshop
Enjoy the connection and unique perspective of other men living with ALS, male caregivers of persons living with ALS, sons of those with ALS, or any man touched by the disease. We will gather in counsel to share our experiences with the broad motivation to bring heartfelt connections and healing to the ALS journey. The Men of ALS gatherings create a safe space to explore the rich male perspective on lineage, sexuality, the role as caregiver, and the experience of compassion.

A light lunch will be served. Gathering is free of charge.

Women of ALS

Led by Erin MacDonald, MSW, LICSW, Senior Client Care Liaison with Ron Hoffman, Founder/Executive Director

Date & Location TBA

The Workshop
Enjoy the connection and unique perspective of other women living with ALS, female caregivers of persons living with ALS, daughters of those with ALS, or any woman touched by the disease. We will gather in counsel to share our experiences with the broad motivation to bring heartfelt connections and healing to the ALS journey. The Women of ALS gatherings create a safe space to explore the rich female perspective on lineage, sexuality, the role as caregiver, and the experience of compassion.

A light lunch will be served. Gathering is free of charge.

Awakening to Living & Dying

Led by Ron Hoffman, Founder/Executive Director and Julie Yau, PH. D , SEP

Date and Location TBA

An experiential conversation for individuals, couples and those interested in examining the mystery of death and dying

Our culture in many ways is ill prepared to deal with the present complexities of death and dying. Consequently we are often left feeling without support to explore these important issues.

The Workshop
This facilitated conversations and intimate discussion exploring our own personal beliefs and decisions around end of life issues. Through many pan-cultural ways and practices we will look at the overarching issues of living and dying, the questions that arise around those nearing death, as well as exploring the presence of death throughout the lifespan. The workshop will help us to fully embrace living and give us skills to be of greater assistance to ourselves and others who are dying symbolically or literally. Some of the topics may include:

  • Exploring your personal mythology, beliefs & concepts of death
  • Working with difficult feelings, emotions and resistance
  • Defining dignity in death
  • Examining pan-cultural concepts of death
  • Looking at myriad choices we may face

The way through dilemmas involves learning to tap into the compelling voice of the mysterious. Despite the insecurity of contemplating dying, we will find ways to embrace the unknown. Seen this way, obstacles can create a passage between the old and new ways of being.

Sustaining Compassion – Practical Considerations for Health Care Professionals

Led by Ron Hoffman, Founder/Executive Director

Date and Location TBA

The Workshop
Compassionate care for the dying and the medically fragile creates a spacious environment that allows us to be truly awake to life. However, this wakefulness calls us to lean into suffering and invites us to experience the discomfort associated with loss and grief. As caregivers we are invited to listen deeply and to be genuinely present to the self, the patient, their families, and their community. This interactive workshop will explore how our approach to suffering shapes compassionate care. We will explore very practical strategies for touching into the grief born from loss and, in turn, to deepen our capacity for compassion.

Eight (8) CEUs available for Nursing and Social Work

Beyond ALS: An intimate gathering for those who have begun new lives after loss -

Led by Ron Hoffman

Date & Time TBA

Location:
Newton Centre

The Workshop
Join a welcoming group of men and women who are living on the other side of an ALS experience. This interactive gathering will highlight where we are now and what may feel different: our identity, our values, our approach to spirituality, and more. Share stories about the new experiences of building relationships, contentment with solitude, or challenges as an only parent. Enjoy the support of others who are rebuilding their lives after profound loss. But, most importantly, come to laugh and appreciate the company of others who have come to experience the precious nature of human life.

Led by Ron Hoffman

Please RSVP to Shannon at (508) 444-6775 or shannon@ccals.org.

I am interesting in attending:

 Caregiver to Caregiver Men of ALS Beyond ALS - An intimate gathering for those who have begun new lives after loss Women of ALS Sustaining Compassion - Practical Considerations for Health Care Professionals Awakening to Living & Dying

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