Wisdom-making: a spiritual job description for elders

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E-Journal
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English 
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2013 
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This study begins with the premise that there is different spiritual work to be done at each stage of life and that for elders, while this work is especially critical, there is little cultural or religious support for it. The purpose of this project was to design and facilitate a program that would encourage elders in life review, resulting in greater satisfaction for their remaining years. Spirituality was considered apart from religion. The research looked at systems of human development, ancient to modern; at the process of developing one’s personal myth; and at two biblical stories that show the importance of ordinary lives. The research was applied to two six-week workshops, run concurrently in urban and suburban settings, in which two groups of elders reviewed their lives to discover continuous themes, work remaining to be done, legacies to celebrate and how to use their remaining years in the most spiritually satisfying manner. Results showed the importance of connectedness to God and/or other people, of personal storytelling, and the need to encourage and affirm elders as they engage this spiritual work. Suggestions are then given for replicating this project.  
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