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Thursday 30 March 2023 at 7pm BST | 8pm CEST | 11am PDT | 12noon MDT | 1pm CDT | 2pm EDT

Sharing lament and reinvesting in hope when loved ones die by suicide

In this webinar, we will explore body- and breath-based spiritual self-care practices for those grieving a death by suicide or caring for someone experiencing despair. These practices foster self-compassion and enable people experiencing moral and spiritual struggles to share the anguish of their lament with trusted others. Dr Doehring will draw upon her experience of grieving her son's death by suicide, described in this 2019 article: "Searching for wholeness amidst traumatic grief: The role of spiritual practices that reveal compassion in embodied, relational, and transcendent ways" Pastoral Psychology, 68(3), 241-259.

Dr Doehring is the Clifford Baldridge Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Colorado, and ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA. 

Dr Doehring's scholarship focuses on interreligious, socially just and research literate spiritual care of trauma, moral stress, and spiritual struggles. She is the author of over 50 chapters and articles, including her first-authored chapter on “Practicing socially just, interreligious, and evidence-based spiritual care” in Rambo & Cadge (Eds.), Chaplaincy and Spiritual care in the Twenty-first Century: An Introduction. Her book The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach, Revised and Expanded (Westminster John Knox, 2015) is used as a textbook in pastoral care and clinical pastoral education throughout the United States and Canada. She is co-editor of Military Moral Injury and Spiritual Care: A Resource for Religious Leaders and Professional Caregivers (Chalice Press, 2019).

After a talk by Dr Doehring, we will have a discussion facilitated by our Executive Director, Dr Brian Powers. Please note that the discussion will not be recorded, so do come along for what is sure to be a valuable session.

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