Join Rev. Sue Arsanault for An Introduction to the Spiritual Care of the Dying
“We treat death as if it were an interruption of the human lifespan, instead of the natural endpoint of it. In the process, no matter how much good will caregivers and loved ones supply, the actual needs of the dying (often) take second place to professionally defined purposes and personal sensibilities of others. For all involved, but especially for the one being cared for, who is rarely invited to offer heartfelt expression on this, the greatest subject, the denial of death destroys the meaning of life.” – Atul Gawande in Being Mortal
How can we increase our capacity to offer spiritual care and comfort to those who are dying? How can we become more accepting of death as the natural endpoint of life, given to us for our benefit?
Rev. Sue brings over 20 years of experience to her work as a minister and wedding officiant. Following graduation from the University of Vermont in 1985, Sue joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working at the St. Martin dePorres Shelter in Seattle. In 1987, Sue began working at Seattle University as Volunteer Center Coordinator. In 1989, she was named Staff Member of the Year and was honored to receive a national award for the best new service-learning program in the nation.
Rev. Sue earned her Master of Divinity degree with distinction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994. She served as a Roman Catholic Campus Minister at Wellesley College (1994-2000) and Siena College (2000-2002). At Wellesley College, Sue was part of a pioneering interfaith religious and spiritual life program, working with Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Protestant, Unitarian, Muslim, and LGBT colleagues and students.
For eleven years, Rev. Sue served people from various religious and cultural backgrounds as Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Chaplain with Community Hospice of Schenectady, NY. She has conducted over 200 personalized funerals and memorial services and now works with Greely Funeral Home in Gloucester, MA.
In June 2011, Rev. Sue was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in NYC and began officiating weddings in New York and Massachusetts. She is Dean of Second Year students and on the faculty of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in Manhattan.