Aging & Chronic Illness: Meaning & Purpose

Connecting with meaning in our lives provides strength for reckoning with the hardships that often accompany the aging process.

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Aging & Chronic Illness: Meaning & Purpose

In Blackwater Woods is a poem written by Mary Oliver.
     
To live in this world you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.

When we are willing to show up for the full spectrum of the life cycle (including the second half),
then we stop half-heartedly participating in life and start whole-heartedly experiencing life:
the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful.  

Connecting with meaning in our lives provides strength for reckoning with the hardships that often accompany the aging process. 
This course provides tools that ease the load in some surprisingly simple ways.  

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This course reminded me to take a good look at my life; it made me reconsider the relationship I have with my aging self......

Did I really want to go back twenty years and relive that time?
Frankly, once was enough, BUT I was curious as to how my life would be different if I started ACCEPTING the age I am NOW. As I learned to let go of my fear of aging, I became less afraid of who I am and who I am not.

Gordon Ruddick (72 years)

Course Pricing

Deborah Grassman

Few people have been with 10,000 dying veterans; Deborah Grassman is one VA hospice Nurse Practitioner who has. Dying veterans taught her lessons about how to attain personal peace. Ironically, those lessons came from people who had been trained for war! As a result, a phenomenon known as “Soul Injury” has now emerged as a relevant healthcare issue for the public. She contends that 10,000 dying veterans have lessons that the rest of us need to learn! Deborah is the author of two books, Peace at Last and The Hero Within. She is a contributing author for four textbooks, has 25 published articles, and there are 5 documentary films featuring her work.