Remembering: Questions Worth Considering (Individual Track)

Questions Worth Considering will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver.

Aging and Wellness Series
Lesson Four: Remembering


3. This Soul & Science lesson describes three types of reminiscence: 

  • Integrative: attempts to resolve past conflicts and discrepancies, to integrate life events into coherent patterns, and to find a place for oneself in the sea of humanity.
  • Instrumental: remembering past episodes of solving life problems as well as drawing lessons from the past to solve a present problem.
  • Transmissive: wisdom gained from a lifetime of learning.

4.  “The methods of reminiscence, life review, and autobiography are the vehicles through which the telling, the writing, and the sharing of stories are activated . . . [With all the] major autobiographical methods, the common focus is directed towards an active reconstruction of the past as a basis for achieving meaningful integration with the present and optimistic projections into the future.” – (Gary T. Reker, James E. Birren, and Cheryl Svensson  “Self-Aspect Reconstruction through Guided Autobiography”)

5. “Life review conducted for therapeutic purposes can help people cope with loss, guilt, conflict or defeat; or help someone find meaning in ones accomplishments.” - (David Haber “Life Review: Implementation, Theory, Research, and Therapy”)

6. “In palliative care, the patient and family are often referred to as the ‘unit of care.’ With that in mind, it is noteworthy that patients who felt that the intervention [dignity therapy] had or might have some benefit for their family were most likely to report a heightened sense of meaning and purpose, along with a lessening of suffering, and a heightened sense of will to live.” – (Harvey Max Chochinov, et al. “Dignity Therapy: A Novel Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Patients Near the End of Life”)

7. “Of the 100 patients who completed the [autobiographical dignity therapy] study, 91% reported feeling satisfied or highly satisfied with the intervention . . . Forty-seven percent of participants indicated that dignity therapy increased their will to live; one 62-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer went so far as to say, “I see [taking part in this study] as one reason why I am alive.” – (Harvey Max Chochinov, et al. “Dignity Therapy: A Novel Psychotherapeutic Intervention for Patients Near the End of Life”)

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