Continual Loss & Present Moment Spirituality: How Dementia & Grief Can Be Meaningfully Experienced

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April 3, 2022 - May 1, 2022 (5 sessions)

Mondays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM ET


Course Description:

Dementia, spirituality, and grief. Grouping these three realities together generates a myriad of questions, yet also numerous possibilities for enlightenment and
compassion. Whether you have personally experienced any of these realities, are a caregiver for someone who is, or are curious about comprehending their connection, you are invited to join us for a five-week course which explores this unique relationship. This course is designed to engage students in a brief overview of dementia, emphasizing its trajectories of decline and related behaviors. It also examines the concept of spirituality in a contemporary context and various perspectives on the experience and purpose of grieving. Through lecture, interactive discussion, writing prompts, and other creative exercises, students will endeavor to comprehend the intersectionality and impact that these realities have upon the human journey as they
deepen their understanding of the processes of aging and caregiving.


Johns Hopkins Tuition Remission & Refund Policies 

50%    Johns Hopkins alumni
80%    Full-time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
50%    Spouse or domestic partner of full time Johns Hopkins faculty or staff
Johns Hopkins alumni, staff, faculty and their spouse or domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission for Odyssey lifelong learning courses. Select the correct ticket pricing during registration. If we cannot confirm your eligibility, you will be requested to pay the full registration price for the course.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Association is committed to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to participants with disabilities. Participants who need accommodations must notify the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association at at least four weeks prior to the beginning of class.

If a course is canceled or closed, the registrant is notified immediately, and a full refund is processed automatically unless another course is requested. Registrants who wish to withdraw from an active course must complete the online Odyssey Refund Request Form. Attach any documentation to support your request (e.g., medical documentation, family crisis documentation, etc.).

100% refund- Prior to the start of the course.

50% refund- During the first week of the course.

No refunds will be given after the first week of each course unless in exceptional cases.

Please note, refunds apply only to the tuition portion of an Odyssey participant’s charges and are not applicable to any fees or gifts made to the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association. Registrants will be notified by email if a refund is approved  within (5) business days.

ABOUT Gordon Francis Creamer

Gordon Creamer, creator of the Mission Bridge, currently serves as Program Director at Well For The Journey, a spiritual wellness center in Lutherville, MD. He has also been involved in healthcare programming and operations since 2001 at various Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, and Hospice communities. He earned an MA in Spiritual & Pastoral Care from Loyola University and an MA in Theology from the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary & University. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Ecumenical Institute.

Gordon has facilitated numerous retreats and workshops that focus on creating opportunities for participants to explore and enhance their spirituality and well-being through various media. Uplifting the journey of adults, individuals with memory impairment and members of the LGBTQ+ community is a passion for him. In the last several years, he has fostered support groups and programs for caregivers and those who are grieving losses.

Gordon is also a trained end-of-life doula, certified spiritual director, and Reiki Practitioner, who welcomes all in discovering the spiritual life as a means of healing, growing and thriving.

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 Event Date
Monday, April 3, 2023
6:00pm EDT

Monday, May 1, 2023
8:00pm EDT

1-800-JHU-JHU1 (548-5481)

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