FREE Webinar February – Our Palliative Presence: Inspirational Wisdom from Henri Nouwen

Webinar Offering for Nurses and PSWs

Our palliative presence refers to our way of being with a person receiving care. Henri Nouwen’s spiritual writings have been helpful for many (myself included) in developing their palliative presence, providing insight into ways of offering compassion, empathy, and a deep listening presence in order to allow those being cared for to express any fears, beliefs, and concerns related to their ‘total’ pain.

Life and Death Matters is excited to extend an exclusive invitation to our upcoming webinar on our palliative presence. This webinar with palliative care nurse and author, Michelle O’Rourke, will explore what it truly means for us to be ‘present’ when providing care, and promises to offer invaluable insights and practical strategies for those involved in palliative care or seeking to develop a deeper understanding of these essential attributes. Join us to be inspired by the wisdom of spiritual writer Henri Nouwen and others. Henri’s work has inspired Michelle’s own practice and writing in this area, and she looks forward to sharing some of these insights with you.

In this webinar, participants will:

1. Discuss the attributes of the ‘art’ of palliative care, and how it affects practice.
2. Explore how an active, listening presence can affect each of the domains of care.
3. Learn about the life and work of Henri J.M. Nouwen, and how his writings in the areas of care, compassion, presence, and being a wounded healer can help to inspire the difficult work of palliative care.
4. Reflect on one’s own experience of ‘presence’ in palliative care.


Guest Speaker: Michelle O’Rourke RN MA has an extensive background in Emergency Nursing, Hospice Palliative Care and Spirituality.  She is retired from the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, where one of her final projects was to design, build and open the 10-bed Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Michelle has published three books on dying, palliative care and caregiving.  Her writings have been infused with the wisdom and legacy of Henri Nouwen, a well-known spiritual writer who died in 1996.  Henri’s reflections on care, compassion, being a wounded healer, presence, and dying well, can inspire us to reflect on our own palliative care practice.

Michelle is a sought-after speaker who lives in Chatham, Ontario, and sits on the Board of the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association, and the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust.

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Michelle O'Rourke


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Feb 06 2024


1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 06 2024
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

2 Responses

  1. I am a new volunteer with Hospice Toronto, will take a Peer Bereavement Care Facilitator role. I experienced loss of both of parents, but not until my dad passed away last Oct, I haven’t heard anything about palliative care, and started being interested in it.

    1. Hello Wei,
      Thank you for joining in the Life and Death Matters community.
      ALl the best to you as you reflect on the death of your father, learn about the palliative care community, and become a volunteer with hospice Toronto.
      Warm regards,

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Courtney Murrell is a PSW who works in hospice palliative care.

When she is not at work, she is spending time with her family, going on hikes or writing. Courtney is a lifelong learner and loves to share her passion for writing as a wellness practice.

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