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Insights Into Cancer – June 13, 2017

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

Presented by Lorelei Bonet, LCSW, OSW-C

About the Lecture

Lorelei Bonet, LCSW will explore the healing power of hope and forgiveness for those living with or affected by cancer. 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. Patients experience failed treatments and unexpected side-effects. 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 often the deeply hurtful nature of these feelings are not addressed. This lecture will explore self-compassion and empathy as keys to forgiveness of self and others, and will use the changing trajectory of hope as a means to move through the challenges of the cancer experience. We will explore the ways in which forgiveness helps heal the spirit and heart of the patient and the people who love them. To demonstrate that hope and forgiveness serve to connect us to the larger human experience, to one another and to our truest sense of self.

About the Speaker

Lorelei 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”.

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