Between death and dying: a ministry of pastoral care at the end of life

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English 
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2000 
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Not knowing how to journey with a loved one who is dying nor care for someone who is bereaved weakens us spiritually and psychologically and enforces our sense of helplessness. The city of Newark, New Jersey needed a program that would equip the underprivileged of Newark to·do end-of-life care among themselves. It was the aim of this -project to: try to address the distressing void of understanding and training in how to manage end-of-life; and, bereavement situations among the urban underprivileged in Newark. Through the creation of a series of seminars, ca11ed Aggressive Comfort Training Seminars (ACTS), the consciousness of various faith communities in Newark was raised, and an ecumenical ministry: was developed. The basic goals of the demonstration project were: Goal ·#· 1: To raise the consciousness of the National Baptist community in Newark about the need for better end-of-life care. Goal #2: To create a care team of laypeople trained in end-of-life care and bereavement management through ACTS. Goal # 3: To create a permanent network of end-of-life caregivers and crisis-intervention persons using their home church .as a local base of operation in that particular part of Newark.  
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