Being Present when Friends are Ill — Pamphlet to Download

“The remarkable discovery we can make is that love has not deserted us, and that it is available to us now in a new way…”
Margaret Torrie, 1975, PYM Faith and Practice 2002

This pamphlet centers on The Quaker ABCS of Being a Healing Presence, adapted from James Miller and Susan Cutshall’s Art of Being a Healing presence, helpful hints for when we are called to be with someone who is facing serious illness.  The  reading list was reviewed by PYM and NYYM staff and suggests useful resources for Meeting or Care Committee libraries.

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Continuity and Coping — Pamphlet to Download

Q: How do I approach with serenity each new stage of my life?

This pamphlet discusses continuity as a coping strategy for aging adults. For Friends, the spiritual context of our lives is foundational to what it means to be alive.  Friends Care Committees will find suggestions for helping members plan their lives with continuity. George Schaefer, PYM Care and Aging Coordinator and Social Worker, also suggested resources for deeper discussion of Spirituality and Aging.

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Discernment for Long Term Care — Pamphlet to Download

Q: “Can I allow myself to be carried, supported, upheld by others and the love of God?”    PYM Faith and Practice, 2002

This looks at essential issues to consider in the decision for long term residential care. Meetings can support individuals and their caregivers by providing opportunities for clearness and support through the discernment process. If long term care is determined to be the best option, this pamphlet covers basic points about what to consider in choosing a facility, and suggestions for further resources.

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