Keynote Speaker - Kate Braestrup
Bestselling Author, National Speaker
Chaplain, Maine Warden Service
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hannaford Hall Auditorium, USM Portland
$25/lunch included

Woven in and out of every life, grief is the faithful companion we don’t want when someone we love dies. It inserts itself in our relationships, it follows us into the workplace, and it changes us forever in ways we could never have imagined. The other side of grief is its potential to be our greatest teacher, the source of our strength, and the catalyst for growth. Join us for real conversations about grief, professional advice on coping, and tips for helping friends, co-workers, and family members experiencing a loss.

About the Keynote Speaker
Kate Braestrup’s first husband, Maine State Trooper Drew Griffith, was killed in the line of duty, leaving her a widow with four young children.  As it happened, Drew had spent the last year of his life planning to become a Unitarian Universalist minister. This plan was naturally discussed with his wife, and inspired Kate to choose ministry as her own vocation after his death. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining the wardens as they search for those who have lost their way, and offering comfort to those who wait for loved ones to be rescued, or their bodies to be recovered.  Often heard on NPR, Kate is a national speaker and bestselling author of several books, including Here If You Need Me.
Community Forums
Following up on the May 2nd Thresholds Conference, HSM presents a series of free community forums on grief. 
Forum Locations
Free - Light meal provided - Registration required
  • Kennebunk - Thursday, June 28 @ 5:30 pm, Kennebunk Savings Operations Center
  • Scarborough - Saturday, October 20 @ 12:00 PM, Hospice of Southern Maine
  • York - Wednesday, November 7 @ 5:30 pm, First Parish Congregational Church
  • Scarborough - Thursday, November 15 @ 5:30 pm, Hospice of Southern Maine

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These events made possible by sponsors and the Rev. Anne L. Hunter, MD Endowment Fund.