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Date & Time
Wed, Feb 13 7:00 PM
3321 State Street Santa Barbara,ca 93105
Edward M. Smink, PhD The Soul of Caregiving: A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm Chaucer’s is pleased to have the rich opportunity of hosting Edward M. Smink with us on Valentine’s Day Eve as he shares with us from his new book The Soul of Caregving– A Caregiver’s Guide to Healing and Transformation. Could there be a better time to explore the love of others and the love of self? ‘Who are the caregivers? We all are, for at the heart of being human is the capacity to care, to reach out to others and explore the relationships we build. The Soul of Caregiving is about us and how we, as caregivers, serve, even sacrifice, for those in need. I invite you to explore with me how we have the opportunities to partake in a kind of pilgrimage along the path of our experiences as caregivers. Who will be your guide on this journey? Unlike other pilgrims who have a guide assigned to them, you will soon discover it is your own Soul guiding you. Professionally skilled as we may be to meet the needs of others, a fundamental core component of our busy lives as caregivers, is the necessity to stop and rest. It is not a waste of time, but rather a luxury of time, to ponder, reflect, and grow from our experiences. Not an easy endeavor in the midst of a whirlwind of activity. We, as caregivers, experience vulnerability, helplessness, fears, and pain over the traumatic events we experience because we care. We care about those whom we are called to serve. Compassion fatigue comes about because we care.’ Edward M. Smink ‘The Soul of Caregiving is the perfect companion for the road that we as caregivers are called to take–that of the person who accompanies a person who suffers. Accompaniment is a sacred calling, and one that requires us as caregivers to reflect on our own woundedness, our deeply held values, and our call to love those we serve. Ed’s work engages and challenges us to dare to move deeper into presence, both to ourselves and to others.’ – Christina Puchalski, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, Professor of Medicine and Health Science, Director of The George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWISH), Author of Time for Listening and Caring: Making Healthcare Whole, Textbook in Spirituality and Health