GRIEF MINISTRY in an Uncertain World

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GRIEF MINISTRY in an Uncertain World

Free workshop on:
Monday, Aug 15, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm
Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am

About The Conference

The global pandemic of the last couple of years has changed many things and one of those changes is the way we care for and minister to our friends and neighbors in grief. In this fast-paced seminar, volunteers from hospice, congregations, and other community organizations will get together to talk about the changes we have seen in the way we deal with grief in the pandemic. More importantly, though, we’ll discover together enduring ways to be of help when the people we care about are facing one or more losses like those we’ve seen since March 2020.

Conference Location:
Charles F. Snyder
Funeral Home & Crematory
2421 Willow Street Pike
Willow Street, PA 17584

Who Should Attend?

While both sessions are open to anyone engaged in ministry to the bereaved, Monday evening is especially designed for congregational volunteers, bereavement team members, and other volunteers interested in ministry to friends and neighbors after loss. Tuesday morning is especially designed for clergy, pastoral care professionals, health care chaplains, and congregational leaders.


To lead our conversation about grief ministry in our uncertain world, we have invited back to our community a well-known presenter, William G. (Bill) Hoy. Though Dr. Hoy now teaches pre-medical students as Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities at Baylor University, he understands from both a pastoral sense and a personal sense what it means to walk with people facing death, loss, and grief. Early in his career, Bill served as a pastor in southern California. Throughout his clinical career including 17 years at the helm of a large community hospice’s pastoral care and community bereavement programs, Bill has supported patients and families as they faced losses, both expected and traumatic. Those who have heard him say above all else, he has a “pastor’s heart.”


This conference is designed with ministry in mind. Join us in learning practical, proven ministry tools for walking with the dying and bereaved through suffering and loss, especially in the uncertainties that define our time.


Caring for Friends & Neighbors in Grief
In this workshop especially for ministry volunteers, we’ll talk about…
• A useful model for ministry to people in loss
• How to ask good questions and help grieving people talk
• What is important to know about how the pandemic has challenged our ways of grieving
• Ways to provide consistent care and lay counsel to friends, fellowcongregants, and neighbors

Ministry to the Bereaved in Uncertain Times
In this workshop especially for clergy, congregational leaders, and ministry professionals, we’ll talk about…
• How to make sense of grief in our changing world (it’s more than a bunch of stages)
• How to make loss a positive part of your teaching/pulpit ministry
• Ways to engage with hurting people when traditional ceremonies are unavailable
• The benefits and pitfalls of ministry with grieving people using Zoom and other electronic media

Conference Agenda

Caring For Friends & Neighbors in Grief
6:00pm – Dinner/Registration
6:30-8:30pm – Session

Ministry to the Bereaved in Uncertain Times
8:00am – Breakfast/Registration
8:30-10:30am- Session

Costs And Registration

Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory is sponsoring this unique educational conference free of charge.
Registration deadline is August 5, 2022. Register early; space is limited.
Confirmation with directions will be sent upon receipt of registration.

Additional Information

An informative tour of the brand new Willow Street location and crematory will be offered at the conclusion of each session. This is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and ask questions.
Conference includes:

– Continental breakfast
– Lecture and conference materials


Contact Daliah Ferko at 717.464.4600.

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