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Clergy Day

Understanding Palliative Care for Clergy: Now and at the Hour of our Death

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Cancer Center
1st Floor Conference Rooms
750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY


This program is FREE but you must REGISTER BY JUNE 14 to attend by calling Upstate Connect at 315 464-8668 or toll free at 800 464-8668, 24 hours a day.

For Clergy, Seminarians, Chaplains and Lay Pastoral Caregivers

Program Overview

12:00-12:45 pm

Lunch sponsored by the Advocates and Registration
12:45-1pm Welcome and Opening Prayer
Rev. Jerry Shave, Upstate Chaplain Emeritus
1:00 - 4:00pm

A mix of lecture, videos, role play, and discussion focusing on the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the nature and scope of palliative care
  • Recognizing and identifing Advance Directive documents used in NY State
  • Gaining understanding how serious illness impacts patients and their families
  • Recognizing signs of the last days of life and how to best minister
  • Exploring how to hold both hope and reality in end of life care

Finishing our Story: Preparing for the End of Life

Gregory L. Eastwood, MD, Former President, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Medicine


The Palliative Care Service is a comprehensive service for hospitalized patients and their families dealing with serious, chronic, or terminal illnesses in which the goals of treatment are moving from curative therapy to ensuring comfort care during the illness. Palliative care helps patients deal with physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and supports families by helping them with questions and concerns ranging from pain and symptom management, decision-making, family dynamics, goals of care and end of life issues. Spiritual Care is an essential partner in providing comprehensive care. This annual training program will help you gain knowledge, skills and increase your comfort in becoming part of this team of professionals to better serve your congregational members.

Presenters will include Barbara Krenzer, MD, Medical Director, Palliative Care Service for Adult Advanced Illness and other members of the Palliative Care Service Team, the Rev. Susan Huizenga, Department of Spiritual Care’s Palliative Care Chaplain, and Dr. Gregory L. Eastwood, former President of Upstate Medical University.

Past Clergy Day topics include:

  • Cutting Edge Initiatives in Healthcare for our Vulnerable Populations
  • When the unthinkable happens: The reality of Child Abuse and the challenge for spiritual caregivers
  • Coloring Outside the Lines: Spirituality and Children
  • Ethics at the Bedside For Clergy
  • Suicide Alertness: Training for Effective Ministry


If you have any questions, please call Department of Spiritual Care at 315 464-4687.