Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
at Washington University Medical Campus

Art Lucas Lecture: Inside the Labyrinth of Caregiving

Despite more than 30 years as a hospice social worker, administrator and researcher, Dr. Parker Oliver found herself a caregiver and unprepared for the end-of-life journey when her husband was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. She will integrate her professional experience and research with her personal experience sharing the transitions she experienced while moving from her role as wife, caregiver and finally, widow. Silently working within the labyrinth of her husband’s cancer journey, Debbie experiences interactional suffering as she encounters a health care system where she feels invisible. Caregivers focus on caring for their loved one and remain quiet about their own needs, giving all they have to keep promises and bring their loved ones peace. In this journey of a million losses, she advocates that the caregivers need a care team and a care plan as well, and the journey continues beyond the death of their loved one.

Debbie Parker Oliver, PhD, MSW
Professor of Palliative Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

Event Details

Sep 12, 2022 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM Eric P. Newman Education Center

Attend the Event

The Art Lucas Lecture: Transitions Inside the Labyrinth of Caregiving will take place on September 12, 2022 at the EPNEC Auditorium from12:00-1:30p. Pre-registration is required by 8/15/22. Register here.