Uncovering the Blessings of the Caregiver Journey – An Afternoon of Reflection.
Spend the afternoon being reaffirmed as a caregiver for someone with a long-term illness, including, but not limited to, dementia. Participants will be invited to explore the spirituality associated with their role as a caregiver by engaging in storytelling, prayer, meditation, and other exercises that validate their experience. This retreat will be tailored to uplift participants who may or may not provide hands-on care for their loved ones, but who are actively involved in their lives. Topics that will be explored are intrinsic to the caregiver journey, especially compassion, burn-out, self-care, and the various emotions that accompany the caregiver role. A journal is a great companion for this program. Guided by Gordon Creamer. This program will begin with lunch.
Gordon Creamer earned his MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University. He has been involved in programming and operations in healthcare since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Hospice communities. Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Enhancing the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ community is a passion for him. In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses. Gordon is also a certified spiritual director, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.