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Fr Bruce Cwiekowski’s
description of his presentation,
“The mystery that
surrounds the dying process
can be both beautiful and frightening
at the same time. In an interactive workshop,
we will explore many of our own
feelings and thoughts around this inevitable
process.” This statement reflects content
in Fr. Bruce’s presentation and in the
other sessions planned for the day. We
hope all participants receive practical resource
information as well as an experience
that tends to the soul.
What will you receive by attending
this conference?
• Information identifying the spiritual
issues of the dying.
• Words to our fears, anxieties and concerns
surrounding the dying process.
• Opportunity to talk about ways of
making the dying process one that is
comfortable for all concerned.
• Review of patient-physician communication
issues that arise at end-of-life.
• Review implications of late-life
depression and dementia at end-oflife.
• Explore the relationship between pain
and suffering at end-of-life.
• Review dignity-conserving medical
practice for patients at end-of-life.
• Discuss support for family caregivers
using the "Powerful Tools for
Caregivers" program.
• Understanding holistic attention to
those who are dying, their loved ones,
and caregivers through use of sacred
Phone: 503.638.1579
Fax: 503.638.8454
Conference Location:
Resurrection Catholic Church
21060 SW Stafford Rd.
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
Resurrec t ion
Cathol i c Par i sh
Heal th & Wellness
Minist ry
Comfort Care
in the
Final Stages of
This conference is open to all who
wish to know more about end-of-life
care from healthcare experts.
Please join us at
Resurrection Catholic Parish
October 25, 2008
Registration Information:
We reserve the right to cancel should it be deemed
necessary, with full refund of tuition.
Fees: $35.00 (includes lunch)
Name: ___________________________________________
Email Address: ___________________________________
Home Phone No: _________________________________
RN License # (for CEUs): _________________________
Chaplains receive an Attendance Certificate
Make check payable to:
Health & Wellness Ministry
Mail registration to:
Resurrection Catholic Parish
21060 SW Stafford Rd.
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
Contact: Parish Nurses—Kim Kiely or
Miriam Schneider
Directions: Traveling South on 205—take the
Stafford Exit, then left. The church is on the left.
Special Thanks to
Our Sponsors
Speaker Information
Rev. William Moisant, ACSW,
LCSW, currently serves as pastor
of Resurrection Catholic Parish in
Tualatin, OR. He worked as a
Social Worker in the area of Child
Welfare for twenty-two years and then had
a private mental health practice in Silverton,
OR, for fifteen years. He is a Board
Certified Diplomate in Counseling and a
clinical member of the American Society of
Clinical Hypnosis.
Charles J. Bentz MD, FACP has a
private practice at Fanno Creek
Clinic in Portland. He is a Clinical
Associate Professor of Medicine,
with OHSU. Medical Director of
School of Physician Assistant Studies,
Pacific University-College of Health
Professionals in Hillsboro, Oregon. Currently
President of Physicians for Compassionate
Care, a non-profit organization
dedicated to improving end-of-life care.
Rev. Bruce Cwiekowski, D.Min., is
the Director of Pastoral Care at
Providence Portland Medical Center.
After being ordained in 1979, he
served as associate pastor at St.
Mary's Parish in Mansfield, MA until
1984. In 1989, he completed his Doctorate
in Ministry in Pastoral Care from the
Graduate Theological Foundation, Notre
Dame, IN. In 1991, he moved to Portland
and became the founder of AIDS Ministry
for Catholic Charities of Portland. He has
been a certified chaplain member of the National
Association of Catholic Chaplains
(NACC) since 1986 and a member of the
National Catholic AIDS Network since
Sylvia McSkimming, PhD, MS, MBA, RN
Sylvia has held a variety of clinical, administrative,
consulting, and faculty positions.
She completed training as a parish
nurse in 2006 and Parish nurse coordinator
in 2007. She fellowships at Gateway Baptist
Church and is developing a health ministry and
volunteering at Providence St. Vincent Medical
Center to co-facilitate “Powerful Tools for
Caregivers” course.
Laura Moya Lamm, Providence St. Vincent
Medical Center, CM-Th Music-
Thanatologist. Laura graduated and was
certified by the Chalice of Repose Project
School of Music-Thanatology in 1997 and
served on the faculty as Clinical Mentor from 1998
through 2001. She has attended over 3,500 bedside
music vigils over the past thirteen years and
is part of the Providence interdisciplinary team.
The team received the 2003 Circle of Life Award
which recognizes and honors innovation in palliative
and end-of-life care. She served two terms as
president of the Music-Thanatology Association
International, the professional organization of
Music-Thanatologists from all over the world.
Theresa Edmonson, Providence Shared
Services, Director of Mission & Spiritual
Care. Theresa received her Master of
Divinty in 1996 from Notre Dame and
completed the Clinical Pastoral Education
in 1997. Her public and professional presentations
include Spirituality & Health, Diversity Orientation,
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
Course, Co-facilitator of Powerful Tools for Caregivers,
Spiritual and Religious Needs at the End of
Life. She is a member of the National Association
of Catholic Chaplains and served on the Board of
Directors from 2004-2006.
Comfort Care in the
Final Stages of Life
“Our distinctive vocation in
Christian healthcare is not so
much to heal better or more
efficiently than anyone else; it
is to bring comfort to people by
giving them an experience that
will strengthen their confidence
in life.” Cardinal Joseph Bernadin
“A Sign of Hope”
8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:15 am Opening Reflection
Nichlas Schaal
9:15-10:00 am Bring Life and Hope
to our Dying
Fr. William Moisant
10:00-10:30am Break
Table Resources
10:30-11:30am Encountering the
Patient at End of Life
Dr. Chuck Bentz
11:30-Noon Lunch Provided
12:00-1:00 pm Becoming More
Comfortable with Dying
Fr. Bruce Cwiekowski
1:00-1:45 pm Powerful Tools for
Sylvia McSkimming
1:45-2:00 pm Break
2:00-3:30 pm Attending to Body, Soul,
and Spirit at End of Life
Theresa Edmonson
Laura Lamm

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