International Spiritual Care Conference 2009

Welcome to the International Spiritual Care Conference website.

What an amazing and inspiring two days that exceeded all our expectations!. The diversity of speakers, thought provoking presentations, stunning location and organisation all came together to produce a powerful, memorable and heart opening experience.  We would like to extend a huge thank you once again to all those who helped in the conference planning and delivery, to all our speakers and workshop facilitators, and to all of you who attended for the gift of your presence.

We extend particular thanks to Dr Tony O'Brien of Marymount Hospice, Olwyn Ryan of The Irish Cancer Society, Ursula Bates of Blackrock Hospice, Dr Gian Domenico Borasio, University of Munich and the Irish Hospice Foundation. 


  Conference speakers and organisers

"Illness, suffering and death are part of the reality of human existence.  It would be foolish to pretend that we will not die or that we are not sick when we are. When caring for someone who is seriously ill, it is important to cultivate positive attitudes like compassion, love and tolerance.   Real care of the sick does not begin with costly procedures, but with the simple gift of affection and love.  In the practice of healing, a kind heart is as valuable as medical training, because it is the source of happiness for both oneself and others. People respond to kindness even when medicine is ineffective, and in turn cultivating a kind heart is a cause of our own good health.” 


His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Message to the opening of the new Spiritual Care Centre, Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre