Kerry Egan

Kerry Egan (Cancelled)

On Living

May/
Sat 20 May 2017

Kerry Egan (Cancelled)

On Living

Kerry Egan
Sat 20 May 2017,

We are sorry to announce that this event has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by Watershed Box Office.

As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan didn’t offer sermons or prayers, unless they were requested; in fact, she found, the dying rarely want to talk about God, at least not overtly. Instead, she discovered she’d been granted an invaluable chance to witness firsthand what she calls the ‘spiritual work of dying’– the work of finding or making meaning of one’s life, the experiences it contained and the people who have touched it, the betrayals, wounds, unfinished business and unrealised dreams. Instead of talking, she mainly listened: to stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation and secrets held too long. Most of all, though, she listened as her patients talked about love – love for their children and partners and friends; love they didn’t know how to offer; love they gave unconditionally; love they, sometimes belatedly, learned to grant themselves.

Each of her patients taught her something – how to find courage in the face of fear or the strength to make amends; how to be profoundly compassionate and fiercely empathetic; how to see the world in greys instead of black and white. She imparts her patients’ poignant and profound lessons on how to live a life without regrets.

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