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Healing Through Writing: For Cancer Survivors and Those Facing Illness

December 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST


Cancer, like other forms of serious illness, is not simply a physical experience, but also emotional and spiritual. In order to heal from a cancer experience, we must address all three aspects. The physical healing is directed by our healthcare teams. There are many ways to heal emotionally and spiritually, but we often find ourselves navigating this on our own. Luckily, there are many ways we can enhance our healing. This session will focus on writing and ritual as a means of healing, which has been studied as an effective way to heal from both physical and emotional trauma. Led by Melissa K. Rosen, two-time cancer survivor, a member of ADVOT’s first cohort, and the Director of Training and Education at Sharsheret: The Jewish Breast and Ovarian Cancer Community. This program is open to all who have been impacted by illness.

Melissa K. Rosen, Sharsheret’s Director of Training and Education, holds a master’s degree in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University and has been working in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. Her professional experience includes informal education and programming, advocacy, and community outreach. Melissa has facilitated unique and lasting connections among organizations in the diverse American Jewish community. Melissa oversees community education throughout the country, training health care professionals, Jewish professionals, and Sharsheret’s volunteers. She also manages Sharsheret’s Community Partnerships. Herself a two-time cancer survivor, Melissa has used writing as a healing technique. She is passionate about the Jewish community and cancer support and advocacy.

The session will be recorded and sent to participants. We encourage live attendance for you to get the most out of the experience.

We are happy to offer this session for free. Please consider adding a donation to Ritualwell to help us continue to offer free programs like this one!


December 19, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
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Melissa Rosen

The Reconstructionist Network

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Four sessions, starting June 15th

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