Fall Conference 2016

Affirming an Ethic of Care:
Bridging the Gaps at the End of Life
September 30, 2016

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8:00 a.m.Registration and Refreshments
8:45 a.m.Morning Prayer with Catholic Health Association of Ontario
9:00 a.m.Welcoming Remarks
9:10 a.m.Opening Address
Rachelle Barina
The Healing Mission of Health Care Ministry and Moral Imagination
10:10 a.m.Question and Answer Period
10:30 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m.Presentation
Andreas Laupacis
Hope, compassion, love and reality towards the end of life
11:45 a.m.Question and Answer Period
12:00 p.m.Lunch with Musical Interlude
1:00 p.m.Panel Presentation
Nazila Isgandarova
Islamic Perspective on Death and End of Life Care
Ron Weiss
A Concrete Approach to End of Life Care in the Jewish Tradition
Kevin Rodrigues
Relational Hope – A Christian Theological Response to Hope and Healing at the End of Life
John Rice
Spirit Journey – Pure Life to Send Off
2:00 p.m.Question and Answer Period
2:15 p.m.Refreshment Break
2:30 p.m.Closing Address
Brian Goldman
Getting Personal About End of Life Care
3:30 p.m.Question and Answer Period
3:50 p.m.Closing Comments


Rachelle Barina, MTS, PhD
System Director – Ethics & Formation, SSM Health, St. Louis, MO
The Healing Mission of Health Care Ministry and the Moral Imagination
Healing is a central and foundational concept within the health care ministries of Christians. The way in which people think about the meaning of healing informs their moral imagination and thus their ideas and decision­-making. In this talk, Dr. Barina will first explore common conceptions of healing amongst people who work within health care ministry. Then she will illustrate why it is necessary for those who are doing ethics in health care ministry to move beyond these common ideas and toward a conception of healing that simultaneously accords with the Christian theological traditions and is ecumenically sensitive. Finally, she will explore several practical issues and demonstrate how a more refined conception of healing might offer insight within the processes of reflection, discernment, and decision-making.

Andreas Laupacis, MD, MSc, FRCPC
General Internist and Executive Director, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Hope, compassion, love and reality towards the end of life
Faces of Health Care (http://healthydebate.ca/faces­health-care) is a photojournalism website that features the reflections of Ontarians about their health and health care. Some of them talk about their views about end of life care. Dr. Laupacis will present quotes from a number of these interviews that illustrate the complexity and humanity of end-of-life care.

Dr. Nazila Isgandarova, D. Min., RSW, Reg. Psychotherapist
Spiritual Care Provider, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto
Islamic Perspective on Death and End of Life Care
The ethical principles and values of Islamic spiritual care such as dignity of life, justice, and non­malfeasance guide any discussion of end of life care from an Islamic perspective. Islamic tradition advocates for increased emphasis on the compassion and the dignity of the patient, and considers the importance of minimizing the suffering of the individual. These principles affect the client’s and caregiver’s understanding of promoting and restoring health, alleviating suffering, respecting the client’s autonomy, telling the truth, and doing no further harm.

This presentation will consider that Islamic spiritual care affirms that the ethics is not about being right or wrong, or choosing between black and white, because the worst decisions may be a part of the process of making better decisions.

Rabbi Ron Weiss
Director of Chaplaincy Services, Jewish Family and Child Service
A Concrete Approach, to End of Life Care in the Jewish Tradition
When approaching end-of-life issues, the Jewish tradi­tion calls on principles of Jewish law or Halacha as well as the written law found in the Bible and the oral tradition found in the Talmud. Rather than a system focused on individual rights, the Jewish tradition is grounded in duties. This talk will focus on how the principles and traditions in Judaism inform concrete decisions at the end of life.

Kevin Rodrigues, BAH, MTS
Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Relational Hope – A Christian Theological Response to Hope and Healing at the End of Life
Diverse interpretation of religious texts by the wide range of Christian denominations may make it seem an impossible feat to speak to a “Christian” response to hope and healing. Despite denominational differences, individuals’ interpretation, the danger of anachronism, and perhaps general avoidance of concrete healthcare issues by many churches, this talk will look at the thematic common ground that Christians share when looking at hope and end of life care. Namely, hope ought to be viewed as relational: an interaction between patient and clinician, patient and family, patient and themselves, and finally, patient and God. In this context, Christian hope can be viewed as a dynamic concept, and a critical point to address in end of life decision-making interactions.

John Rice
Zahgausgai/Mukwa, 3rd Degree Midewiwin FNMJ Healer/Liaison, Early Psychosis Intervention Program Mental Health & Addiction Services of Simcoe County
Spirit Journey – Pure Life to Send Off
The Anishinaabe believe that humans are spirit beings in physical fonn. The spirit journey begins before life and continues after life. Life is an experiential journey culminating in the achievement of the “Pure Life.” This time of life is recognized as the time when an individual has, through living, evolved into the human that the Creator intended. This talk focuses on the explanation of the Pure Life and the preparations an individual makes to return to the spirit world.

Brian Goldman, MD, MCFP(EM), FACEP
ED Physician, Schwartz Reisman Emergency Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital and Host of White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio One
Getting Personal About End of Life Care
There is an old saying in health care: a health professional truly understands what it’s like to be a patient only by becoming the patient or the loved one of a patient. Dr. Brian Goldman knows a lot about that. In the past three years alone, Goldman and his sister were substitute decision makers during the final illnesses of both of their parents. As a son-in-law, he played a critical role at two significant moments near the end of his father-in-law’s life. Goldman takes an up close and personal look at end-of-life care in a time when resources are getting tighter, and a growing number of health professionals worry about futile medical care. He illustrates why he believes it’s impossible to help families make the best decisions without knowing a lot about the story of their lives.

Registration Information

Registration Fee:
(Includes Lunch and Refreshment Breaks)
Regular Rate: $150.00
Reduced Rate: $75.00
Seniors, Full-Time Students, CHAO Conference Registrants, & CCE Affiliates
(Centre for Clinical Ethics Affiliates include: Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital, Pembroke Regional Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Runnymede Healthcare Centre, St. Joseph’s Health System Hamilton, Toronto Grace Health Centre, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and West Park Healthcare Centre)

Please make cheque(s) payable to:
Centre for Clinical Ethics

For more information please contact:
Lynda Sullivan, Centre for Clinical Ethics
Telephone: (416) 530-6750
Fax: (416) 530-6621
E-mail: lsullivan@stjoestoronto.ca

For hotel reservations please call:
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville
90 Bloor Street East (at Yonge)
(416) 961-8000

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