Parish Health Ministry is a movement that encourages churches to renew their role in health care.
The annual Refresh Your Soul conference, presented by ERH Parish Health Ministry (PHM), featured captivating speakers who sought to inspire and educate area caregivers. William Hablitzel, M.D., Brooke Billingsley and Mitch Albom shared stories fitting the day’s theme—“Living with Purpose, Hope and Healing.”
Albom, the keynote, is an award-winning sports writer and author known for his bestselling memoir Tuesdays with Morrie. He shared how visiting Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor battling ALS—Lou Gehrig’s disease, changed his life. He discussed the profound lessons he learned during the professor’s last days: death ends a life, not a relationship; and it’s never too late in life to pay more attention to the ones you love.
Hablitzel spoke about the healing process and defined the difference between healing and curing. He said his greatest teachers were not the professors in medical school, but his patients. Hablitzel left attendees inspired with ways to bring healing into their own lives and into their patients’ lives.
Billingsley, author and CEO of Perspective Strategies Inc., shared her journey as a breast cancer survivor. From initial diagnosis in 2011 to treatment and remission, Billingsley offered advice gleaned from personal experience. She emphasized how living life with purpose and establishing goals help the healing journey.
Those in attendance were buoyed by the speakers’ messages. “The conference reminded me that I love what I do…I love meeting new people where they are and helping them in their journey of life and healing,” affirms Betsy Babb, Faith Community Nurse at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park. “Refresh Your Soul always leaves me feeling renewed and empowered.”
“The goal of the Refresh Your Soul conference is to offer an event/fundraiser on a current health and wellness topic that provides both inspiration and education to our PHM volunteers, health professionals and the general public,” says event coordinator Jeanne Palcic.
Next year’s theme will be "Alzheimer's & Dementia: Caring & Communication That Works," with keynote speaker Lisa Genova, Harvard-trained neuroscientist and bestselling author of Still Alice, and Teepa Snow, one of America’s leading educators on dementia, on Friday, March 4, 2016.
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