The Symposium is a learning opportunity for the ongoing professional development of health care providers, spiritual care practitioners, and those interested in broadening their understanding of dying, death and bereavement in our changing world.
Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium
Living Through Death: Dying, Death and Bereavement
May 9, 10, and 11, 2016
The Symposium is a learning opportunity for the ongoing professional development of health care providers, spiritual care practitioners, and those interested in broadening their understanding of dying, death and bereavement in our changing world. The scope and magnitude of present changes is unparalleled, particularly in relation to our aging population. Featured keynote speakers include Dr. Nuala Kenny, Dr. Beverly Musgrave, and Susan Chisholm.
The annual Hayes Symposium honours a man of many accomplishments: Archbishop James M. Hayes, former Bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax. While he served as a dynamic and progressive bishop, those who know Archbishop Hayes intimately recognize him first and foremost as a Pastor of Souls. His profound commitment to bring pastoral care to the suffering has been central to his ministry. He brings deep respect for the sufferer, and for the one who is the Source of Life. Patients and medical personnel alike tell of his compassion and care for people of every faith and for those who have none. James Hayes embodies the very essence of God’s love for those who experience soul-level anguish.
This year’s symposium will explore dying, death, and bereavement in our changing context. In Canada, there are more persons over age 65 than under 15. By 2026, seniors will comprise 1 out of 5 in the population. Life expectancy for men is 82 years and for women, 85 years. Currently, the fastest growing segment of the population is persons over 85 years of age − we are unprepared for this unprecedented shift in population dynamics.
The health and social implications are compounded by the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision to remove the Criminal Code prohibition on assisted suicide for competent adults who have a grievous (and irremediable) medical condition causing intolerable suffering. This decision will impact our understanding of human suffering, palliative care, trauma, and loss. AST recognizes that the science of Pastoral Theology needs to adapt to a new reality.
The 2016 Hayes Symposium begins a venture that promises to call upon the wisdom of local health care providers, researchers, theorists, and theologians to explore the far edges of dying, death, and bereavement. AST invites and welcomes you to be part of the conversation.
Registration is required – please see our website for details: http://www.astheology.ns.ca/home/events/hayes-symposium.html