Odyssey: Spiritual crises in the autumn of life and ways of addressing them

Spiritual crises occur throughout life, but several issues seem to be particularly associated with aging and the end of life. This course will examine six commonly encountered spiritual crises that may occur as individuals face later life, and ways of addressing them. The following crises associated with aging will be discussed: facing what never was; experiencing pains of aging; experiencing limitations and becoming or being a burden; fearing abandonment; fearing being forgotten; and, of course, fearing dying. Each week will focus on a crisis and on helpful ways of addressing it (e.g., journaling, ritual, oral history, relaxation techniques, spiritual practices) so that students might emerge from the class with an expanded repertoire of helping strategies.

Course listing number is 916.236.01. Meetings will take place on the Homewood campus on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 27 through Nov. 8 (no class Oct. 25).

Six sessions cost $210. JHU full-time faculty/staff and spouse/domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.

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