Rev. David Maginley is a spiritual counsellor for the cancer program, palliative care and ICU at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and author of the forthcoming book, Beyond Surviving: Cancer and Your Spiritual Journey. While David has degrees in philosophy and religious studies, his real education came from surviving cancer four times. This resulted in a profound near-death experience and explorations in the nature of consciousness and the connection of body, mind and spirit. He knows what it’s like to have cancer from both sides of the hospital bed, and has a sense of this life from both sides of the veil.
David is ordained with the Lutheran Church in Canada, a specialist with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, member of the Canadian Association for Psychosocial Oncology, the International Association for Near-Death Studies, the Institute of Noetic Science, and is featured in the upcoming documentary, When You Die. David is also an avid photographer, using the camera as a tool for self-psychology, and conducting workshops on creativity and spirituality. An advisor for provincial and federal cancer initiatives, David lectures throughout Canada on meaning in suffering, the wisdom of grief, mindfulness, compassion fatigue and integrative spirituality.
David will be sharing his inspirational story of surviving cancer as well as lessons learned from his experiences as spiritual counsellor for those nearing death. David will use his experiences to share with the audience a refreshing outlook on working with patients and living as one.