Two of the lectures I discussed in a prior post are now available for listening.
The first is the opening plenary from the AfterShock conference on caregivers & trauma.
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The second is the keynote by Kate Braestrup, the Maine Game Warden Chaplain. I said about this talk
The next morning’s plenary was from Kate Braestrup, called “The Bad News and the Good News.” Braestrup is a chaplain with the Maine Game Warden Service. One of their jobs is to search out persons lost in the woods and waters of Maine. When people are missing and/or bodies are found, it’s Baestrup’s job to assist the game wardens in informing the family of the death. A short video of her describing her work can be seen here. Her talk was moving and informative. By temporarily going off the topic of war trauma, we were able to gain a new perspective on it. Braestrup’s most wonderful line was much quoted for the rest of the conference, “In difficult, painful situations, I cannot subtract pain, I can only add love.”
In addition to enjoying her stories and anecdotes, the talk made me want to visit Maine. It sounds like a gorgeous state with exceedingly nice residents.
From my sketchbook during this presentation: