The spiritual care of the
deeply forgetful: Redefining
chaplaincy for the new
culture of memory care
John T. McFadden
The Memory Project will make
quality of life measurably better in
our community by easing the fear
and isolation associate...
The Fox Valley Memory Project:
Creating a dementia-friendly
community in northeast WI
Memory Cafés
Care Partners Welcome C...
Building Bridges to the community
Elizabeth MacKinlay’s Model of Spirituality
Spirituality:
ultimate
meaning
mediated
through…
Relationships
The arts
Enviro...
What is the good life?
What is fulfillment?
What is required of you?
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel:
“It is through the experience of
being obligated that we truly
exist.”
Meister Eckhart
(13th century Christian mystic)
When God laughs at the soul and the soul
laughs back at God, the persons o...
One person’s “joy zones”
Selfhood and the Divine Image are
defined relationally
While dementia may bring many
losses and changes, it does not
exclu...
Continuing friendship when our
friend no longer remembers the
story of our friendship: Receiving
the gifts our friend can ...
Chaplaincy in the New Culture of
Memory Care:
• Affirming and
enhancing the capacity
to share in relationships
of laughter...
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
John T McFadden - The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care
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  1. 1. The spiritual care of the deeply forgetful: Redefining chaplaincy for the new culture of memory care John T. McFadden
  2. 2. The Memory Project will make quality of life measurably better in our community by easing the fear and isolation associated with dementia, and by increasing access to the resources people need to live well with dementia.
  3. 3. The Fox Valley Memory Project: Creating a dementia-friendly community in northeast WI Memory Cafés Care Partners Welcome Center Memory Assessment Center Research and Sustainability Purpose and Livelihood Community Education Long Term Care Outreach
  4. 4. Building Bridges to the community
  5. 5. Elizabeth MacKinlay’s Model of Spirituality Spirituality: ultimate meaning mediated through… Relationships The arts Environment Religion
  6. 6. What is the good life? What is fulfillment? What is required of you?
  7. 7. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “It is through the experience of being obligated that we truly exist.”
  8. 8. Meister Eckhart (13th century Christian mystic) When God laughs at the soul and the soul laughs back at God, the persons of the Trinity are begotten. To speak in hyperbole, when the Father laughs to the Son and the Son laughs back to the Father, that laughter gives pleasure, that pleasure gives joy, that joy gives love, and love gives the persons [of the Trinity] of which the Holy Spirit is one. (Blakney, 1941, p. 245)
  9. 9. One person’s “joy zones”
  10. 10. Selfhood and the Divine Image are defined relationally While dementia may bring many losses and changes, it does not exclude us from sharing in relationships of laughter, pleasure, joy and love, with God and with one another!
  11. 11. Continuing friendship when our friend no longer remembers the story of our friendship: Receiving the gifts our friend can offer A new experience of time Playfulness and laughter Deeper perspectives on self and the things of ultimate worth and value
  12. 12. Chaplaincy in the New Culture of Memory Care: • Affirming and enhancing the capacity to share in relationships of laughter, pleasure, joy and love • Affirming the inherent dignity of obligations, including moral obligations (kindness to others) • Helping to weave the web of community in which the categories that differentiate and divide (residents, staff, family, friends, etc) are “softened.”

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