Atheism and the End of Life
Facilitator: Patrick Gibbons
Saturday, March 20 | 10am – 1pm | Online Event | $20 / $25
This program will begin by discussing recent research on atheism in the United States conducted by the Pew Research Center. It will then focus on the results of a study which looked at the “end-of-life preferences” of atheists. Finally, the presenter will discuss a case study from his experience illustrating the end-of-life preferences of an atheist in hospice care.
About the Presenter: Patrick Gibbons, Ph.D. has been a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Hospice of the Western Reserve for 16 years. He has presented workshops on the end of life on local, regional and national levels. Previous to working at Hospice of the Western Reserve, he taught at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH and Gannon University in Erie,PA.
Comments from participants of Patrick's previous programs:
"I was so glad to have the space created by this memorial/ remembrance service. Experiencing loss during this time of increased isolation due to the pandemic has further complicated already painful circumstances. Patrick Gibbon's skill in facilitating was evident, even in a virtual format; I felt the group was inclusive, calm, accepting, and supportive. The opportunity to grieve with others, even remotely, is something that I've been sorely missing."
"Enjoyed the ability to express from my heart and feel heard and safe."
"Patrick Gibbons’ “Virtual Remembrance Service” was food for the soul. Sharing our loss/es with attendees from this pandemic was the beginning of the healing process for many of us. I highly recommend this program along with all of Patrick’s programs. His humility, knowledge of material, and gentle and loving demeanor is a blessing in its own right. Thank you, Shadybrook, for bringing Patrick to us. "
Registration deadline: March 20