How to be Present in Difficult Situations

Important Training on May 2 from 1-3 at Westrum House in Topsham

Please join us in Topsham** on May 2, 2016 from 1-3 for an amazing talk on "How to be present in difficult situations". This is open to all who are caring for family or clients facing end-of-life challenges.

Grief counseling training helps caregivers provide support to those who need it while also taking care of their own well-being. Please join us for this training opportunity to learn how to deal with these sometimes stressful but important life changes.

Volunteers of America was founded on the belief that we should provide and care for our most vulnerable citizens. For 120 years, we have remained true to this path – helping those who need it most.

Today, Volunteers of America Northern New England is blessed with caring staff who help our elderly residents age in place. For many, this is their last home and dedicated VOA staff ensure that it's their best.

We have been blessed to have two experts in the field of Hospice Care join us for an inspiring afternoon teaching caregivers the skills needed to care for residents as well as themselves:

Pam Gross serves as the Staff Chaplain at Maine General Center in Augusta and Jim Crary is the hospice chaplain at Maine General's Healthreach Hospice in Augusta. Please read their full biographies below.

For five years, Pam served as a Staff Chaplain at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, focusing on Oncology, Critical Care, OB and Mental Health patients, families and staff. She has served as a member of palliative care teams, is a proponent of interfaith chaplaincy, and facilitator of patient support groups. Pam developed and presented programs on end-of-life, Advance Directives and meditation. Pam is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and educator and served Maine based congregations for over 19 years. Pam was a chaplaincy resident at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston for one year. Her strengths include patient advocacy, an ability to connect meaningfully across diverse patient populations, and a stalwart supporter and caregiver to medical staff.

For over four years, Jim was a Hospice chaplain at Maine General's Healthreach Hospice in Augusta. Fully embedded in the clinical team of nurses, social workers, and home health aids, Jim provided care to a wide range of spiritual and religious needs in both staff and patients struggling with end-of-life issues particular to dementia, cancer, respiratory illnesses. Jim received his clinical pastoral education at Mass General, Brigham and Women's, and St. Elizabeth hospitals in Boston. Jim's strengths include the use of music with dementia, making meaningful connections with people across the economic spectrum, and helping patients and families discern spiritual resources in times of loss and grief.

** Held at Westrum House, 22 Union Park in Topsham, ME 04086

Please RSVP if you plan to attend, seating is limited 373-1140 or email the ministry team