June 13, 2017

The Healing Power of Hope and Forgiveness for Cancer Patients and the People Who Love Them

Lorelei Bonet, LCSW, OSW-C

About the Lecture

For cancer patients, whose world has been dramatically altered by often life-threatening diagnoses, there is much to hope for and much to forgive.  Patients hope for life, health and recovery, but often are confronted with endless challenges and threats to their identity and sense of comfort in this world.  Often, those closest to them fall away, not knowing what to say, or the patient themselves retreat, feeling suddenly “other” or not sure where they fit in their life as they knew it.  The feelings of hurt and the need to forgive often originate in the very moment they first hear the word “cancer”, but the deeply hurtful nature of these feelings are not always addressed.   We will explore the ways in which compassion and empathy lead to forgiveness, and how forgiveness helps heal the spirit and heart of those living with cancer and the people who love them.


lorelei_staff-v2Lorelei Bonet, LCSW, OSW-C is a Clinical Oncology Social Worker at the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology where she provides psychosocial care to patients with cancer and the people who love them.  She has worked in chronic illness for twelve years, and in oncology specifically since 2008.  She also participates in the multi-disciplinary intern training program at the Center where she can share her passion with students of social work, psychology and chaplaincy.  Lorelei has presented at national conferences on different topics, including The Healing Power of Hope and Forgiveness and the development of a concept she calls “Psychosocial Ecotones”.

Event Information

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

6:45 – 7:00: Arrival & Refreshments
7:00 – 7:15: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D, Introduction to Center
7:15 – 7:20: Anne Coscarelli, Ph.D., Speaker Introduction
7:20 – 8:55: Speaker Presentation, Q&A
8:55 – 9:00: Closing

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) Auditorium,
B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Attendance is Free.

Available at the Medical Plaza or Ronald Reagan Medical Center lots for $12.00