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"Illness, Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Hope and Healing" went LIVE on March 24, 2021 at 11:00 am ET.

In this conversation, Lorraine M. Wright talked with Marion Rattray about practical and thoughtful ways that we can engage with each other when neighbours, friends, or patients are experiencing serious illness or loss in their lives, or are caring for a family member. Lorraine drew on her own life experiences, told stories, and offered her perspective from her experience as a leader in the field of family nursing, as an academic with the University of Calgary, and as an author.

Click here to watch the recording on the Compassionate Ottawa YouTube Channel.


Lorraine M. Wright, RN, PhD is an international speaker, author/blogger, and consultant/therapist in family nursing and family therapy. She is also a Professor Emeritus of Nursing, University of Calgary. Dr. Wright has published extensively and spoken widely at spiritual care, family nursing, family therapy, chronic illness, oncology and palliative care conferences, workshops, universities and hospitals. Her most recent book is: "Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Illness Healing." Dr. Wright resides in Calgary, Canada.


Marion Rattray, RN, BN is the Team Lead for Compassionate Ottawa's Grief and Bereavement team. For her entire career, from which she has recently retired, Marion was a practicing RN. The majority of her work was at CHEO where she held roles of bedside nurse, Manager, Operations Director and Chief Nursing Officer. Marion developed and provided leadership to the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at CHEO and Roger Neilson House. Marion has always been a strong advocate of the need for Palliative Care Services. She currently volunteers with Bereaved Families of Ottawa in addition to Compassionate Ottawa.

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