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Spiritual & Cultural Dimensions of Palliative and End-of-Life Care Conference

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield University Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education

In an effort to emphasize the importance of this rapidly growing field, the conference will enhance audience knowledge and skills concerning compassionate spiritual and cultural palliative and end-of-life care. The conference panelists will explore a wide array of subject matters relating to the palliative field and will touch upon issues increasingly pressing within today’s medical community.

Keynote Speaker


Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Heath

"Responding to Spiritual Distress: The Art of Presence."

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM, is a pioneer and international leader in the movement to integrate spirituality into healthcare in clinical settings and medical education. As founder and director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish) and professor of medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, she continues to break new ground in the understanding and integration of spiritual care in a healthcare setting.

Dr. Puchalski is widely published in journals with work ranging from biochemistry research to issues in ethics, culture, and spiritual care. She has recently published a book with Oxford University Press entitled Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Seriously Ill and Dying. Her work has been featured in numerous print and television media. She is recognized for developing interdisciplinary educational curricula and innovative models of care.


Lisa Caramico, MD

Lisa Caramico, MD will share her journey caring for her husband who lived with a terminal illness in her panel, “18 Months and Beyond.”


Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAAN will explore how nursing practice addresses some of life’s biggest questions in “The Existential Plight of Cancer: Its Spiritual Dimensions.”


Kevin Toolis

Kevin Toolis will explore how communities across the globe dealt with death before the rise of the Western Death Machine in his panel, "My Father’s Wake: How the Irish teach us to Live, Love & Die."


Actress Judith Gantly

Actress Judith Gantly will perform a one-woman play entitled, “Waltzing the Reaper," which tries to communicate approaches to understanding the end-of-life process.


Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care
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