Works of Love Newsletter
Four nice announcements:
First, Dr. Sam Parnia of NYU, myself, Matt Lee of Harvard, and others have a 17-page article in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences on resuscitation research and "remembered experience of death." It involved researchers and scholars from many other premier programs.
Second, you are invited to Faith, Health and Wellness: Explore a journey into your spirituality and well-being and learn how to lead a happier and healthier life. This event will be held at Stony Brook University on Wednesday, March 9 at 6pm in the SAC Auditorium.
Third, for those with interest in philosophy and theology, Dr. Post recommends Pluriform Love. The author, Tom Oord, #5 ranked theologian in the world, hopes that this books helps people understand love better and love more consistently.
Fourth, with this newsletter we introduce you to Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica, whose fabulous workshop on how to communicate with deeply forgetful people is featured as the final segment of my book Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People (coming out May 2022, and available for pre-order). I met Jade in 2000 in Boston at Andover Newton, where I was speaking on the topic of Alzheimer ethics. We will be working together with caregiver groups in the months ahead.
This worship service, provided by the United Church of Christ in Boxborough, MA, offers information and inspiration that can lead to spiritual awakening and healing as we all navigate the unknown and choppy waters of life with Alzheimer's. For those caring for and about persons with Alzheimer's, this service can open hearts to embracing possibilities: that all is not lost and that joy and connections and relationships can grow and flourish.
The wonderful song "How Could Anyone?" by Libby Roderick, is performed by Tineke Vandegrift during the service, and so this recording will only be available on YouTube until March 6, 2022.
Rev. Dr. Jade Angelica, MDiv, DMin. is the founder and director of Healing Moments for Alzheimer's. Since 2007, Jade has offered educational workshops, presentations, services, and caregiver support all across the country. Her work has been studied by the University of Iowa Department of Neurology, and the findings indicate that her Meeting Alzheimer's workshops can reduce caregiver stress, increase caregiver confidence, and improve quality of life. This workshop is featured in the forthcoming book, Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People by Dr. Stephen G. Post, available May 31, 2022.
Jade is the author of Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease. Her most important and most rewarding ministry, has been caring for her mother, Jeanne, who died from Alzheimer's in 2011.
"Jade Angelica is a sojourner from the land of Alzheimer's bearing witness that all there is not lost. Her testimony is even more outrageous: We can experience in that far country depths of being alive, and in love, that the worlds of perfect health may never understand."
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