Classes & Workshops

I have been looking forward to sending this newsletter so I could share my recent excitement about a project happening here in Sacramento. It is Joshua’s House, a hospice for the terminally ill homeless.This is one of the most stirring projects I’ve had the honor of being part of.

About a month ago I was introduced to Marlene von Friedrichs-Fitzwater. She is the founder of Joshua’s House whose mission includes creating “a hospice house for the homeless that would provide a safe, secure, comforting environment for those who are dying.” Marlene is an amazing woman with an amazing will and vision. I am honored to be a member of the board and want to invite you to visit the website at thehcri.org where you can learn about Marlene, see building plans and read letters of support from the Mayor, Doris Matsui, the health care organizations and many more. You will also find a place to donate and volunteer. Please also go to Joshua’s House YouTube channel where you will find interviews with me, with John Gay and others. Joshua’s House will be the sixth hospice in the U.S. for the homeless and the first one on the west coast. This is a truly inspired project.

Below is a list of new classes and workshops.
I look forward to spending time with you.


New Counseling Group Forming
Beginning Thursday, November 2
6:30 – 8pm
3957 Miller Way, Sacramento
Cost: $140 per month payable at the beginning of the month.

Group counseling is a very effective and dynamic way of navigating personal change and transition within the supportive framework of a group. Members will have the experience of directed individual counseling as well as have the opportunity to benefit from the directed work of others in the group. It is also a way to more deeply explore your life in a closed setting with others who are committed to personal emotional and spiritual growth. The group will be limited to six participants and requires a 6-month commitment. This allows for development of trust and safety among the group’s member. We will meet twice a month on Thursday evenings. For more information or questions, please call 916-709-0959.


Caring for an Aging Parent
Saturday, December 2
9:00 – 12:30
3957 Miller Way, Sacramento
Cost: $50

Caring for a parent at times feels more like caring for a child than a parent. How do we weigh safety against quality of life? How do we remain responsible caring individuals and be respectful of autonomy and a parent’s desire to make their own choices and live their own lives? These are all legitimate issues both for an aging parent and for a loving adult child.

“I find myself wondering how long mom is going to live, hoping it’s not much longer and then I feel guilty.”

“I keep wondering if I’m doing enough.”

“Should safety always be my biggest concern? What about quality of life even if it’s more risky?”

Finding solutions, letting go while remaining loving and open is what we will explore in our time together. We will call on the wisdom of Atul Gawande in his book Being Mortal as well as drawn upon our own individual and collective wisdom as we navigate Caring for an Aging Parent.

 

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