Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

Difficult Conversations: Community Speakers Series at St. Peter’s

The Pastoral Care Committee of St. Peter’s Church presents a series of programs led by experts on topics related to health, physical and mental well-being, and spirituality.

The series will open on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 PM, with the subject of Stress, Coping and Mental Health, presented by Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, MD. The program will cover how people cope with stress to maintain balance and mental health and, additionally, how to have conversations with family members and friends that are supportive and respectful of personal boundaries. The program is not intended to provide individual diagnoses or treatment. Dr. Lonkuyzen is a psychiatrist working in community mental health at Pen Bay Medical Center and Maine Behavioral Health. He works with patients from all walks of life, with all manner of mental health concerns, but especially those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory, and cognitive decline. These topics involve difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations, even with close family members.

  • March 29, 2:30 PM, Living with Cognitive Decline & Alzheimer’s, presented by Cheri Blouin, Director of Social Services at the Knox Center and Quarry Hill.
  • April 26, 2:30 PM, Opening to Grace as Death Nears, presented by Abby Pettee, Chaplain at Pen Bay Medical Center and Sarah Dwelley, RN, Palliative Care Coordinator at Pen Bay Medical Center.

All the programs will be held at St. Peter’s. The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the St. Peter’s parish administrator at 207.594.8191.

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