Honoring the Individual Through Validation — Pamphlet to Download

Q: How can we support that of God in one another while facing cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges?

This tool reflects on Naomi Feil’s Principles of Validation – a practical method for communicating with people with dementia- in the context of Quakerism and how we value each individual. The principles can be useful in fostering supportive relationships in general, not only for people who have dementia. This tool lists resources for deeper discussion, including links to The Validation Institute website where one can receive further training in this method.

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Grief — Pamphlet to Download

While grief manifests itself in a variety of ways , it is a universal experience. This tool provides some basic information, suggestions for when to refer to professional help, and a list of resources that may be helpful to people who are grieving or those supporting them.

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Hoarding — Pamphlet to Download

Hoarding is a phenomenon that leads to social isolation, depression, anxiety, and reluctance to move in retirement.  This reluctance often brings hoarding to the awareness of family and Meeting.   This tool provides basic information toward understanding this behavior and coping with it in a sensitive manner.

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Including Everyone: Faith Community Care for People with Challenges — Pamphlet to Download

Q: Do I show through my way of living that love of God includes affirming the equality of all people, treating others with dignity and respect, and seeking to recognize and address that of God in every person?
PYM Faith and Practice, 2002

Including everyone means a community needs to be welcoming in attitude, intentional in adapting communication and planning events to be considerate of  people’s various needs, and mindful of the physical accessibility of your shared space.  This brochure offers some basic advice and also suggested resources for helping your Meeting develop its inclusiveness.

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