Dementia, Loss, and Ministry

Free workshop on August 14, 2018 and August 15, 2018

Registration is closed but seats are still available. To register, please email or call Pamela at or 717-682-5866. Thank you

About The Conference

In a culture that frequently ignores—or even derides—aging and loss of abilities, the church has a profound opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and the larger faith community. In addition to other losses of ability to care for oneself, the cognitive diseases collectively referred to as “dementia” are characterized by an inability to remember. Join us as we discuss and learn together about what it means to minister among the many losses that accompany these diseases.

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

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Who Should Attend?

This conference is for, but not limited to, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists, long-term care or hospice and palliative care professionals, volunteers, funeral directors and after care workers, nurses, and Stephen Ministers.


To lead our conversation about ministry among persons living with dementia, we have invited back to our community a wellknown presenter, William G. (Bill) Hoy. Though Dr. Hoy now teaches pre-medical students as Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University, he knows ministry among people living with dementia particularly well. Both early in his career and later on, after receiving his clinical training, Bill served as a pastor in southern California. Throughout his clinical career including 17 years at the helm of a large community hospice and community
bereavement program, Bill worked with countless dementia patients and their families, both before the death and in the months and years after.

Conference Agenda

FOCUS: Community & Volunteer Pastoral Support Persons August 14

6:00 pm Dinner for Faith Community Volunteers (90 mins content with Q&A)

In this evening session, we will discuss…

  • What to understand about dementia
    and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Ways to care practically for individuals
    and families

FOCUS: Clergy & Congregational Leaders August 15

8:00 am breakfast for Clergy and Healthcare Chaplains (120 mins content with Q&A)

In this morning session, we will discuss…

  • How to make church “friendly” to families
    dealing with dementia
  • Ways to address dementia in the pulpit,
    the church education program, and the
  • How to provide meaningful pastoral
    care to this group
  • How to recruit, train, and mobilize
    volunteers to support individuals
    and families living with dementia

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference for local clinicians free of charge.
Registration deadline is August 3.
Confirmation with directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.
Register early; space is limited.
Unmasking The Mysteries Tour
An informative tour of the funeral home and crematory will be offered at the conclusion of the seminar. This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask questions.


Contact Pamela Kopp at (717) 682-5866.

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