Ministry to the Dying & Bereaved: A Focus on Clergy & Congregations

Free workshops on August 15, 2016 and August 16, 2016


Thank you for your interest in “Ministry to the Dying & Bereaved”. Registration in now full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please complete the registration form. We will contact you the week prior to the workshops to let you know if space is available.

BINDING UP THE BROKENHEARTED: Touchstones for Ministry in Sorrow – August 15

6:00 pm Dinner for Congregational and Other Spiritual Care Volunteers (60 mins content with Q&A)

Working in the congregation’s bereavement ministry can be a rewarding task. But this ministry becomes most rewarding when vision and plans have been thoughtfully implemented by leaders. Whether you are a leader in your congregation’s ministry, a lay volunteer just starting out, or a person interested in beginning a bereavement ministry, you will find this workshop filled with practical insights and ideas. Join us as we learn together about the eight key words of a church’s bereavement ministry—act, understand, participate, remember, cooperate, support, teach and learn—as articulated in Dr. Hoy’s booklet, Binding Up the Brokenhearted.

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543

Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use a simple model of the grief process in understanding and helping grieving people
  • Describe positives and negatives for congregation-based bereavement support groups
  • Explain ways volunteers can be meaningfully involved in bereavement ministry

 

THE ROLE OF FAITH IN FUNERALS – August 16

8:00 am Breakfast for Clergy & Congregational Leaders (60 mins content with Q&A)

No one in ministry doubts the significance of spirituality in bereavement and end-of-life care. The prospect of dying—for self or loved one—engenders spiritual questions that the biomedical sciences are inadequate to address. But these questions and perspectives clearly carry over to the diverse ways families desire to commemorate the lives of their loved ones.

We have invited Dr. Bill Hoy to address this issue in this special clergy breakfast. He will talk about how beliefs, faith communities, and religious practices interface with the five ritual anchors he has identified in his cross-cultural research and ministry practice: significant symbols, gathered community, ritual action, connection to heritage, and transition of the body. These findings are detailed in one of his recent books, Do Funerals Matter? The Purposes and Practices of Death Rituals in Global Perspective (Routledge, 2013).

Considered a leading authority on the role of commemoration (funerals and memorial events) in the grief process, Dr. William G. Hoy is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University. Ordained in 1985, Dr. Hoy has led congregations and directed the pastoral care and clinical bereavement counseling programs for a southern California hospice organization. He well understands the role of faith and non-faith in today’s families.
We hope you will join us for this inspirational and insightful morning.
 

SHEPHERDING PEOPLE AS LIFE GROWS SHORT – August 16

11:30 am Luncheon for Health Care Chaplains

Health Care chaplains play a vital role in providing pastoral care for the community, whether or not those patients and families are involved in a congregation. As you know, many times you are the only person on the health care team with the spiritual needs and possible spiritual distress of dying people “on your radar.” Though our presenter is a college professor and has been a pastor, he directed the pastoral care and bereavement counseling programs for a community-based hospice in southern California for nearly 17 years. Today, he is Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

In this workshop, he will provide a chaplain’s perspective on shepherding individuals, families, and communities through the spiritual and emotional upheaval frequently a part of the end of life. He will offer practical ways to understand historical theology about death and care of the dying as well as provide proven ideas for opening up conversations about the difficult decisions families and patients face. In his conversational style, Bill will lead health care spiritual care professionals in thinking about these weighty issues.

Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key “symptoms” of spiritual distress among the dying and their families
  • Utilize conversational counseling strategies in interacting with individuals and groups
  • Apply an assessment tool for spiritual well-being in the dying and bereavement process

Conference Agenda

  • August 15
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner: Binding Up the Brokenhearted
  • August 16
  • 8:00 am – Breakfast: The Role of Faith in Funerals
  • 11:30 am – Lunch: Shepherding People as Life Grows Short

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational event to local clergy and clinicians free of charge.

Thank you for your interest in “Ministry to the Dying & Bereaved”. Registration in now full. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please complete the registration form. We will contact you the week prior to the workshops to let you know if space is available.

For additional information or questions please contact

Pamela Kopp at (717) 682-5866.

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