(for priests and physicians)
2 and 3 June 2018
The subjects of “suicide” and “assisted suicide” are of singular importance in the present time and equally stand at the centre of Rudolf Steiner’s pastoral medical course. When is it suicide, when should someone killing themselves not be seen as an actual suicide, as illustrated using the example of Ferdinand Raimund? In terms of our destiny, what are the consequences of suicide and the various forms of actively putting an end to our lives up to and including inducing death through fasting? But what, also, are the consequences of being a participant in measures to end life? Is the autonomy of a person respected through such measures or, on the contrary, is it undermined through the intervention to bring about death? At the end of life, people are often torn between a longing for death and fear of death.
Sometimes death is intensively longed for, frequently with reference to the “apparent meaninglessness” of the present phase of life. On the other hand, we know patients who suffer from considerable fear of dying and death. Both situations in which patients find themselves challenge us as priests and physicians. How can we work together in the face of these challenges? Rudolf Steiner presented to medicine the basic ethical stance that we should “deny” ourselves – right to the end – the thought of the patient dying. Here we find an expression of the profound connection with the healing forces and at the same time the respect for the intent of destiny which alone can decide on the time when death occurs. What role does this ethic of Anthroposophic Medicine play in the work together between priest and physician?
We intend to concern ourselves with these current questions at this year’s pastoral medical conference and view them against the background of anthroposophical pastoral medicine.
We look forward to productive work together!
Matthias Girke and Georg Soldner
Working together in pastoral medicine in the encounter with suicide and assisted suicide
Pastoral medical conference of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum
from Saturday, 2 to Sunday, 3 June 2018
Booking closes: Saturday, 19 May 2018
regular price: CHF 310 with meals: CHF 360
concessions¹: CHF 190 with meals: CHF 240
medical students²: CHF 60 with meals: CHF 110
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 1x lunch and 1x evening meal at CHF 50 in total. Breakfast (1x) can be booked separately at CHF 15. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
For the period of the conference: CHF 11 (not right next to the Goetheanum building). If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.
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